Grandlambs: definition. offspring produced by one's own sheep that have previously gone to live at other farms.
photo note: the broom was used to keep a naughty rooster at bay. :)
A dear friend from church, Mary, took Beck, one of my 2010 ram lambs, home last fall to use over her two Icelandic ewes. Her two girls each gave her a set of twins this week. A set of black ram lambs, one with HST spotting. And a set of black katmogets, a plain ram and a HST spotted ewe lamb.
HST stands for Head Socks Tail spotting pattern
Since both of my friend's ewes are wildly spotted blacks, these lambs told me a bit about Beck. Though he is a plain brown katmoget, he does carry spots (never would have guessed) and he does carry solid (his dam and sire were both kats). Not that this info does him much good. He'll go to the freezer as soon as he's sheared next week. But that is no surprise to me. Mary has a small farm and I totally support the fact that some folks choose not to keep breeding rams year 'round. Adult rams do not make good pets.
I snapped this photo of the dam to the katmoget twins for those Shetland folks interested in spotting genetics. It looked like the "caped" pattern that was mentioned a while back.