I’m very excited this year about the prospects for both the Icelandic and Shetland lambs!
Icelandics: This year, I have a wonderful mix of breeding with AI sires and F1 AI farm rams! I will be having lambs from Golsi, an AI leader sire new to this country, and from Sokki, a horned new to my farm. Additional new sires were sadly not available as USDA blocked any import from Iceland until a new import protocol is in place. However, there were many other AI sires I used this this year that have in the past produced really spectacular lambs for me, and so were selected for the possibilities that I could find with their offspring.
And so…..My “who is bred to whom” list, can be found below. As a note – listings of crosses are based on the sire (e.g.: Vali, horned; Grafeldur, polled).
Shetlands: Last year was a wonderful year for lambs, and this winter I again bred a number of ewes, using a selection of former and new sires. They were primarily selected from a group of sectacular boys from four years ago, and some equally wonderful yearlings – a hard decision, but one made a bit easier because I had some information from previous years’ lambs. I have made some of the breedings because I got wonderful lambs from a particular pair, and some breedings to try to get particular colors, patterns or fleece characteristics. This year, I was particularly interested in obtaining lambs with various shades of gray and musket.
You can check out the possibilities on my “who is bred to whom.” list, below.
If you are planning to add to your flock or start a new flock, I am accepting “lamb reservations.”
THE GRAND “WHO IS BRED TO WHOM” LIST
Drifandi (AI sire) x Vatna
Drifandi is homozygous black, carrying neither moorit nor spotting, while Vatna is a black-gray, carrying solid, moorit, but probably not spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Drifandi and 1/16 each Kani, Flotti and Aboti (69% AI).
Lambs will be black or black-gray, and may carry spotting and moorit.
Gandur (AI sire) x Arna
Gandur is a gray who carries spotting but not moorit; Arna is a black badger and may carry moorit and spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Gandur, 3/16 Flotti, ~1/8 Kani, and 1/64 Aboti (68% AI).
Dark shades for the lambs! They will be black or black-gray, black badger or black-gray badger, and may be spotted. Lambs may also carry moorit and/or spotting.
Grabotni (AI sire) x Blanda
Grabotni is a gray mouflon who carries moorit and spotting; Blanda is moorit gray and carries solid.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Grabotni, 3/16 Flotti, 1/16 Aboti, and 1/32 Blessa (53% leader and 75% AI).
All kinds of possibilities for the lambs: black- or moorit-gray (and the gray may be homozygous or heterozygous); or black- or moorit-mouflon; or black-gray- or moorit-gray-mouflon. There’s a bit of white in Blanda’s background, so spotting is a possibility.
Kveikur (AI sire) x Hesta
Kveikur is heterozygous white, carrying solid but not spotting or moorit, while Hesta is black-gray, carrying spotting and perhaps moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2/ Kveikur, with Flotti, Kani, Moli and Plaivar (66% AI).
Lambs will white, black, or black-gray.
Salamon (AI sire) x Skala (F1 AI)
Salamon is homozygous black, carrying spotting, while Skala is a black-gray (probably homozygous gray) Grabotni daughter, carrying moorit and possibly spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Salamon, 1/4 Grabotni, and 1/32 each Kani, Flotti and Aboti (69% AI).
Lambs will be black-gray or possibly black, and may be spotted or carry spotting and moorit.
Sokki (AI sire) x Dryngja
Sokki is spotted black; Dryngja is spotted moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Sokki and 1/16 Flotti, 1/32 Haenger and Bambi, withsome Kani and Aboti (66% AI).
Lambs will be black spotted and must carry moorit.
Vali (AI sire) x Torfa
Vali is heterozygous white, carryingsolid, and Torfa is a moorit-gray, carrying solid and spots.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Vali, and 1/16 each Kani and Aboti (63% AI)
Lambs can be moorit-gray, black-gray, moorit, or black, any may carry spotting. Black lambs must carry moorit..
Ylur (AI sire) x Jökull
Ylur is likely homozygous white; Jökull is white (homozygous?).
F1 AIlambs will be 1/2 Ylur, 1/16 Aboti (56% AI)
They will be probably be white (but I might be surprised by a black one!) and will carry black and possibly moorit and spotting as Jökull might carry those.
Dalur (F1 AI) x Bess
Dalur is my moorit-gray Blettur son, who must carry spotting. Bess is heterozygous white; underneath, there must be spotting, and may be moorit and/or mouflon,courtenity.
Lambs will be 1/4 Blettur and 1/8 Aboti (38% AI).
Lambs may be white, or…I might get black or moorit, or mouflon and even spotting. It will be interesting to see!
Kaldi (F1 AI) x Fjalla
Kaldi, my Ylur son, is white, possibly homozygous. Fjalla is a black badger, carrying solid and perhaps moorit and spotting.
Lambs will be 1/4 Ylur, 1/8 Kani, 1/8 Flotti (50% AI).
Nice possibilities! Lambs may be white, but I might also get will be solid black or black badger. White lambs will carry solid or badger, and possibly moorit.
Vindur (F1 AI) x Thoris
Vindur is my badger-mouflon son of Gramann and Fjalla; he may carry spotting, and possibly moorit, while Thoris is solid moorit. Based on her pedigree, I have said in the past that she did not carry spotting….but therearea couple O1H several generations back, and who knows what was hiding there? Besides, one of her lambs had some small white spots several years ago…
Lambs will be 1/4 Gramann, 3/16 Kani, 1/8 Flotti with Flotti, Moli and Plaivar (66% AI).
Lambs willbe black badger or black mouflon and must carry moorit and perhaps spotting
Geri (AI sire) x Blahn (F1 AI)
Geri is a spotted moorit leader and Blahn a spotted black Loftur daughter, possibly carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 5/8 Geri, 1/4 Loftur, 1/32 Tigull, and 1/64 each Biskup, and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa (~94% Leader and 94% AI).
Lambs may be classic black (or possibly moorit) spotted leaders.
Golsi (AI sire) x Hekla (F1 AI)
Golsi is a spotted moorit badger and Hekla a spotted black Karl Philip daughter, carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Golsi, 1/4 Karl Philip, 1/8 Geri, 1/32 Tigull, and 1/64 each Biskup, and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa (~94% Leader and 94% AI).
Lambs may be classic black or moorit spotted leaders, or may be spotted badger.
Golsi (AI sire) x Laki (F1 AI)
Golsi is a spotted moorit badger and Laki is my spotted black Geri daughter, carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Golsi, 1/4 Geri, 1/16 Tigull, and 1/32 each Biskup, and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa (~88% leader and 88% AI).
Lambs may be classic solid black or moorit spotted leaders, or may be black or moorit spotted badger.
Joakim (AI sire) x Haalda (F1 AI)
Joakim is a spotted black (gray?) leader and Haalda is a spotted black Loftur daughter, possilby carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Joakim, 1/4 Loftur, 1/8 Geri, 1/32 Tigull, and 1/64 each Biskup, and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa (~94% Leader and 94% AI).
Lambs may be classic black or black-gray spotted leaders.
Karl Philip (AI Sire) x Ultra
Karl Philip is spotted moorit leader, and Ultra is solid black, carrying moorit and possibly spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Karl Philip, 1/16 Leifur, Flotti, 1/32 BiskupSerkur, Peli, and Arias well as some Blessa and Moli (58% leader and 80% AI).
Lambs will be solid black, solid moorit,and they may be spotted. Hoping for the classic leader pattern in moorit!
Alftan (F1 AI) x Reykja
Alftan is my black spotted Karl Philip son, the last lamb of my beloved foundation leader ewe, Katla; Reykja is spotted black-gray, carrying moorit, an Ari grand-daughter.
Lambs will be 1/4 Karl Philip, 1/8+ Ari, 1/16 Tigull, and 1/32 each Biskup, Flotti and Aboti, with some Moli and some Blessa (~51% leader and ~51% AI).
Lambs will be gray or solid, and may be either black or mooit. They also may be spotted….or not. So many possibilities!
Erpur (AI Sire) x Hrisey (F1 AI)
Erpur is heterozygous white, carrying solid and spotting and Hrisey is my moorit Skrauti daughter who must carry spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Erpur, 1/4 Skrauti, with 1/32 Dalur (~78% AI)
Lambs that are black or spotted black will carry moorit; white lambs will carry solid, moorit, and perhaps spotting.
Grafuldur (AI Sire) x Eyja
Grafeldur is gray, selected by Southram especially for his fleece, and Eyja is a gray badger, carrying spotting and possibly moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Grafeldur, 1/16 Dalur, 1/32 Jokull (60% AI).
Lambs may be black-gray (homozgous or heterozygous), black badger or black-gray badger and may carry spotting. Most of these possibilities will also carry solid.
Grafuldur (AI Sire) x Valla
Grafeldur is gray, selected by Southram especially for his fleece, and Valla is a black badger, carrying spotting and possibly moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Grafeldur, 1/8 Vodvi, with some Dalur and Jokull (65% AI).
Lambs may be solid black, black-gray, or badger. Lambs may carry moorit and/or spotting.
Höttur (AI sire) x Hvera ((F1 AI)
Höttur is spotted black, carrying moorit, and Hvera is spotted black mouflon Aladin daughter. This pair produced a gorgeous ewe lamb last year.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Hottur, 1/4 Aladin, with some Hnykill, Serker, Dalur, and Jokull (81% AI).
Lambs will be spotted black or spotted black mouflon, and may carry moorit.
Höttur (AI Sire) x Silfra (F1 AI)
Hottur is spotted black, carrying moorit, and Silfra is my gray Vodvi daughter, carrying spotting and possibly carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Grafeldur, 1/4 Vodvi with 1/32 Dalur (78% AI).
Lambs will be black-gray or black..or possibly moorit and/or spotted.
Skaley (F1 AI) x Nama
Skaley is my solid moorit Hottur son, but may carry spotting, and Nama is a a gray mouflon, carrying spots and possibly moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Hottur, with some Hnykill, Serker, Dalur, and Jokull (31% AI).
Lambs will be gray, mouflon or solid, be either black or moorit, and may be spotted. Lots of spectacular possibilities to look forward to!
Skaley (F1 AI) x Oraefa (F1 AI)
Skaley is my solid moorit Hottur son, but may carry spotting, and Oraefa, my Erpur daughter, is black spotted, possibly carrying moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Hottur, 1/4 Erpur, 1/32 Dalur with some Jokull (56% AI)
Lambs will spotted black, and may carry moorit – or they might be spotted moorit.
Kani (F1 AI) x Baula (F1 AI)
Kani is a spotted black badger Langidalur son, and Baula is my white Vodvi daughter, carrying gray or solid, spotting, and possibly moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Langidalur, 1/4 Vodvi, and 1/32 Dalur (53% AI).
Lambs will be white – or perhaps badger or solid black, and maybe spotted.
I set up 3 breeding groups this year, with an additional ram used for breeding at a neighboring flock:
**Lewis – my black-gray sponget ram, carrying moorit – a handsome pewter gray with a black Zorro mask. His sire carried the modifier, so breeding will hopefully tell if Lewis carries it too. These pairings include one line-breeding to retain a high percentage of Forvik’s genetics and to obtain more gray and musket/fawn in the flock. Handspinners LOVE gray (and so do I!).
x Mousa – A black blettet with a “kindly” fleece. These two produced a spectacular gray lamb last year and one the year before! Going for more of the same. Hopefully a ewe!
x Seraphim– A musket yuglet with a fleece like butter, which she passes down to all her offspring! This pairing should produce a nice gray or musket. Lambs may be flashy if they take after Seraphim, but if they take after Lewis, the only spotting will be on the face.
x Soay – My ultra-friendly moorit yuglet girl. Looking for lambs with a wonderful musket fleece. Spotting (or not) will be as for Seraphim.
**Holm – a gray yuglet ram who carries moorit. He has the most amazing long, crimpy fleece, and the widest horns I’ve ever seen. Looking for great fleece and pleasing patterns from these two girls.
x Foula – A gray katmoget, carrying moorit. I’m always looking for ways this girl can produce more of this pattern. Her lambs (if they are not moorit) may carry moorit from either parent. Would love to get a moorit katmoget!.
x Lilac – A black smirslet ewe with a fine, kindly fleece. Hoping that she will give me the flashy lambs in a stunning gray. More smirslet would be nice too!
**Noss – an emsket (possibly carrying moorit) yearling ram, his first year of work. A very friendly boy, with a wonderful color. Hoping he will pass on the modifier.
x Fetlar – A light gray girl carrying moorit. Her mother is Seraphim. Likely to have some facial markings, but a uniform body. A wonderfully soft fleece is guaranteed.
x Hirta – My gray caped flecket who carries moorit, and who reliably gave me caped flecket lambs when bred to Boron, my retired flecket ram. More caped flecket are a possibilty, in either blacks or moorits.
x Myrtle – A black gray yuglet who carries moorit – lambs could be black, gray, musket or moorit. Or these colors modified. Fleece will be soft as butter!
**Mull – a musket yuglet flecket yearling ram, his first year of work. A very friendly boy, with incredible fleece.
x Chrysanthemum – This is a white pattern ewe from the Glebe Farm flock. I have wanted white pattern in my flock, and this opportunity was too good to miss. “Mum” has moorit in her heritage, so there may be lambs that are a flashy moorit or musket…or white.