Thursday, May 28, 2009

Parker-Half Poll!

There is no doubt that White Pine Parker is a half-poll ram.
His scurs are short and rather ugly-but they have already broken off twice. I noticed the one was a bit bloody and loose the other day. It might be missing one of these days. The older Parker gets, the less inclined he is to head butt his buddy, Arvada. Or anything else for that matter. I wish the scurs would just not grow back. But breaking off over and over is more convenient than large scurs like Bombarde's-so I am thankful.
Comparing my two White Pine rams to each other, I would say Parker is stronger in the shoulder and weaker in the hindquarters than Arvada.
Parker's head and bone is more masculine, but his fleece is a little less uniform from front to back. I am eager to see what the micron test on him says.


Becky Utecht said...

Hmmm, I never thought of Bombarde's horns as scurs...I considered them teacup horns, especially the one that didn't break off. The other was so much bigger, I just thought his were aberrant. I'm going to have to study up on my terminology!

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

It's probably my job to study up the terms, Becky!

I also believe that Bombarde's horns are aberrant. I just thought that huge scurs and aberrant horns were the same thing on the spectrum. And since I couldn't remember the spelling of "aberrant" I was reluctant to use it. Go ahead and laugh, it's funny. :)

In reference to one of your other comments about Bombarde injuring/breaking off one of his horns:

I must have had a blonde moment when you told me that because I don't remember ever knowing that. I'm so glad I do now though. It really explains a lot about the growth of that one horn. Thank you for the information.

Sorry I am such a dingbat with my terms! :)

Becky Utecht said...

Well I'm glad now I mentioned that about Bombarde breaking that one horn as a lamb. :-)
I really have to check out Juliann's website and read up on the horn genetics. I always have a hard time spelling "aberrant" too.