I finally decided on my breeding groups for the Shetlands.
Because I still have a couple of horn-genetic ewes in the flock, I put the emphasis on polled pairings. If I'm lucky, I might get some ewe lambs to retain and then I can move out the horn girls. It is hard to think of turnover like that. But it is the only way I'm going to move forward toward a full-polled flock.
I favored conformation, medium size, and fleece as well. With these priorities, I had to disregard color and pattern. I'm ok with this tactic, and I think I will still get a nice variety of color in the lambs.
LittleRedOak Ash will get the following ewes:
Boston Lake Sian: solid black, horn-genetics
River Oaks Lana: black gulmoget, poll-carrier
Boston Lake Vianne: white poll-carrier
Boston Lake Leil: gray, possible poll carrier
S'more Courante will get the following ewes:
sorry for the bad photo
River Oaks Hannah: moorit, polled
LittleRedOak January: moorit katmoget, polled
Boston Lake Nhu: black katmoget, poll carrier
Boston Lake Lyneth: white, poll carrier
This will be, potentially, my biggest lamb crop ever. I'm a little nervous about it, but I am excited to see what these rams can do. Breeding groups will be put together after Thanksgiving.
My two ewe lambs, Esyllt and Carys, will sit out the breeding season together in the girl's pen.