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 have F1 lambs from horned sires Bjalki, Drifandi, Grámann, and Vali; polled sire Erpur, and leader sires Florgodi and Golsi and Karl Philip, with additional F2 AI genetics (Blettur, Grabotni, Salamon, Ylur; Grafeldur, Höttur, Langidalur, Skrauti, Vodvi; Golsi, Loftur) represented in the breeding ewes and farm rams. Additional new AI sires were sadly not available for a second year (!) as USDA blocked any import from Iceland until a new import protocol is in place. And while the sires I used this year were not new to the U.S. (or even to the Trinity Farm breeding program), they were ones that have in the past produced really spectacular lambs for me, so I’m really excited to see their offspring this year.
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; Erpur, 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 spectacular 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, as well as some that would be really “flashy.”
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.”
Reservations of $100/lamb are taken in order of receipt, and this reserves you a place (or places) in line to choose from the “available lambs list” once they’ve had an evaluation. Once the list is sent to you, you will have one week to make your decision(s). and then the list will be sent to the next in line. If you wish to take advantage of this, please be sure to specify what you are interested in: Horned Icelandic, Polled Icelandic, or Shetland. If we do not have a lamb that meets your requirements, your deposit will be promptly refunded, if you choose, or it can be held for the following year (in which case you would likely be closer to the top of the list). Questions? Please email or call!
THE GRAND “WHO IS BRED TO WHOM” LIST
Bjalki (AI sire) x Trölla (F1 AI)
Bjalki is heterozygous white, carrying solid and black; Trölla is my black-gray-mouflon Grámann daughter and may carry moorit and spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Bjalki, 1/4 Grámann, with Flotti, Kani, Moli and Plaivar (~78% AI)
Lambs will be either white, black mouflon or black-gray, and may carry moorit and spotting.
Drifandi (AI sire) x Skala (F1 AI)
Drifandi is homozygous black, carrying neither moorit nor spotting, while Skala is a black-gray (homozygous gray) Grabotni daughter, possibly carrying moorit and spotting.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Drifandi, 1/4 Grabotni, with 1/32 each Kani, Flotti and Aboti (~85% AI).
Lambs will be black-gray, and may carry spotting and moorit.
Grámann (AI sire) x Dryngja
Gramann is a gray mouflon who carries moorit and spotting; Dryngja is spotted moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Grámann and 1/16 Flotti, 1/32 Haenger and Bambi, with some Kani and Aboti (~66% AI).
Lambs may be black- or moorit gray, black- or moorit-mouflon, and may be spotted.
Dalur (F1 AI) x Torfa
Dalur is my moorit-gray Blettur son, and must carry spotting; Torfa is moorit-gray, carrying solid and spots.
Lambs will be 1/4 Blettur and 1/16 each Kani and Aboti with Flotti, Kani, Moli, and Plaevar (~46% AI)
Lambs will be moorit, and may be heterozygous gray, homozygous gray, or solid moori, possibly carrying spots
Gigar (F1 AI) x Arna
Gigar is my moorit spotted Florgodi son; Arna is a black badger and may carry moorit and spotting.
Lambs will be 1/4 Florgodi, 1/8 Geri, 3/32 Flotti 1/32 Tigull, and 1/64 each Biskup, Aboti and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa. (63% AI and 44% leader)
Lambs will be black- or possibly moorit-badger, black or moorit. If not moorit or spotted, they must carry both.
Gigar (F1 AI) x Blanda
Gigar is my moorit spotted Florgodi son; Blanda is moorit-gray and carries solid.
Lambs will be 1/4 Florgodi, 1/8 Geri, 3/32 Flotti, 1/32 Tigull and Aboti; and 1/64 each Biskup, and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa (57% AI and 45% leader).
Lambs will be moorit or moorit-gray and must carry spotting.
Kaldi (F1 AI) x Brekka
Kaldi, my Ylur son, is white, possibly homozygous; Brekka is my Drifandi daughter, who is heterozygous white, carrying black and solid. This is a line-breeding for Jokull, who is a superb milker.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/4 Ylur, 1/4 Drifandi, and 1/16 Aboti (~56% AI)
Lambs may be white, black badger, or black mouflon, and may carry spotting.
Kaldi (F1 AI) x Fjalla
Kaldi, my Ylur son, is white, possibly homozygous. Fjalla is a black badger, carrying solid and moorit and perhaps spotting.
Lambs will be 1/4 Ylur, 1/8 Kani, 1/8 Flotti, 1/16 Aboti (56% AI).
Nice possibilities! Lambs may be white, but I might also get solid black or black badger. White lambs will carry solid or badger, and possibly moorit.
Skaftá (F1 AI) x Helga (F1 AI)
Skaftá is the son of Florgodi, a spotted black leader carrying moorit; Helga is a black badger Gandur daughter.
Lambs will be 1/4 Florgodi, 1/4 Gandur, 1/8 Karl Philip, 1/16 each Kani, Flotti and Geri, 1/64 Tigull, and 1/128 each Biskup, and Ari, and some Moli; also some Blessa (~85% AI and ~47% leader).
Lambs will be solid black or black badger; they must carry spotting and may carry moorit.
Vindur (F1 AI) x Vatna
Vindur is my moorit gray badger son of Grámann; he may carry spotting. Vatna is a black-gray, carrying solid, moorit, but probably not spotting.
Lambs will be 1/4 Grámann, 1/8 Flotti , 1/8 Kani, and 1/16 Aboti (56% AI).
Lambs have a dizzying array of possibilities; color will be black or moorit, pattern may be gray (heterozygous or homozygous), badger, gray-badger, and perhaps they will be spotted. Black lambs will carry moorit.
ICELANDIC LEADERSHEEP (HORNED)
Florgodi (AI sire) x Laki (F1 AI)
Florgodi is a spotted moorit badger and Laki is my spotted black Geri daughter, carrying moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Florgodi, 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.
Alftan (F1 AI) x Ultra
Alftan, my Karl Philip son, is a classic pattern black spotted leader, and Ultra is solid black, carrying moorit and possibly spotting.
Lambs will be 1/4 Karl Philip; 1/16 each Bambi, Tigull, Leifur, and Flotti; 1/32 each Biskup, Morro, Serkur ,and Peli; and 3/64 Ari, with some Moli and some Blessa (~47% leader and ~69% 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, may be either black or moorit, and will be spotted.
Gigar (F1 AI) x Surtsey
Gigar is my moorit spotted Florgodi son; Surtsey is a single-allele (SGGM) gray mouflon, carrying moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Florgodi, 1/8 Geri, 1/16 Tigull and Dropi, and ~1/32 each Ari, Biskup, Flotti, Aboti, Grimur and Skumur; with some Moli, Udi, Heli, Hunn, Bambi, Blaevar, Laekur, Fengur, Rektor, Flotti, Morro, Molur, Austri, Dalur, Vestri, Horvi, Pruni, Peili, Askur and Ljori; also some Blessa. (79% AI, 47% leader)
Lambs will be SGGM (gray and mouflon inherited as the single allele) or solid, and may be either black or moorit. They also may be spotted….or not. So many possibilities!
Thordar (F1 AI) x Hekla (F1 AI)
Thordar is a spotted black Golsi son, carrying moorit; Hekla a spotted black Karl Philip daughter, also carrying moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Golsi, 1/4 Karl Philip, 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 black or moorit spotted leaders, or may be spotted badger.
Erpur (AI Sire) x Valla
Erpur is heterozygous white, carrying solid and spotting, and Valla is a black badger, carrying spotting and possibly moorit.
F1 AI lambs will be 1/2 Erpur, 1/8 Vodvi, with some Dalur and Jokull (65% AI).
Lambs may be white, solid black, or black badger and may be spotted. Lambs may carry moorit and/or spotting.
Hafnar (F1 AI) x Baula (F1 AI)
Hafnar is my gray Grafeldur son, and Baula is my white Vodvi daughter, carrying gray or solid, spotting, and possibly moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Grafeldur, 3/8 Vodvi, with some Jokull and Dalur (61% AI).
Lambs will be white, gray or solid (most likely black, and maybe spotted.
Hafnar (F1 AI) x Hvera ((F1 AI)
Hafnar is my gray Grafeldur son, and Hvera is spotted black mouflon Aladin daughter.
Lambs will be 1/4 Grafeldur, 1/4 Aladin, 1/8 Vodvi, with some Hnykill, Serker, Dalur, and Jokull (61% AI).
Lambs will be gray, mouflon, or solid and may be spotted.
Kani (F1 AI) x Nama
Kani is my spotted black badger Langidalur son, and Nama is a a gray mouflon, carrying spots and possibly moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Langidalur, with some Hnykill, Serker, Dalur, and Jokull (36% AI).
Lambs will be gray, mouflon, gray-badger, or badger-mouflon, and may be spotted. Lots of spectacular possibilities to look forward to!
Skaley (F1 AI) x Hrisey (F1 AI)
Skaley is my solid moorit Höttur son, carrying spotting and Hrisey is my solid moorit Skrauti daughter who must also carry spotting.
Lambs will be 1/4 Höttur, 1/4 Skrauti, with 1/32 Dalur (~53% AI)
Lambs will be moorit and if not spotted, they will likely carry spotting.
Skaley (F1 AI) x Kinna (F1 AI)
Skaley is my solid moorit Höttur son, carrying spotting and Kinna is my black badger Skrauti daughter who must also carry spotting as well as moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Höttur, 1/4 Skrauti, 1/32 Dalur, with some Jokull (~58% AI)
Lambs will be solid or badger, either moorit or black, and if not spotted, they will likely carry spotting.
Sulur (F1 AI) x Eyja
Sulur is my black spotted mouflon Höttur son and may carry moorit, and Eyja is a gray badger, carrying spotting and possibly moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Höttur, 1/16 Dalur, 1/32 Jokull with some Hnykill and Serker (38% AI).
Lambs may be black, black-gray, black badger or black-badger, and will carry spotting and possibly moorit.
Sulur (F1 AI) x Silfra (F1 AI)
Sulur is my spotted mouflon Höttur son and may carry moorit, and Silfra is my gray Vodvi daughter, carrying spotting and possibly carrying moorit.
Lambs will be 1/4 Höttur, 1/4 Vodvi with some Hnykill, Serker, Dalur and Jokull
Lambs will be black, black-gray or black-mouflon, and may be spotted, possibly carrying moorit.
I set up 5 breeding groups this year. I’m using two of my older proven boys that give flashy lambs with stunning fleece and three yearling rams that are different shades of gray (modifier here?). I’m expecting some real beauties in the spring!
**Oiseval – my moorit caped flecket ram – actually caped flecket with a cute white cap. I am looking for flashy lambs from these three girls, and hopefully more caped flecket.
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) will carry moorit from the sire. Would love to get a moorit katmoget!
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 Soay – My ultra-friendly moorit yuglet girl. Looking for lambs with a wonderful musket fleece.
**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 Kettla – A musket yuglet ilget with a brilliant white (with small musket spots) that is a spinners’ dream. This is her first year of breeding. Lambs may be gray, musket, moorit, or black, and will be spotted – perhaps so much that they are almost all a stunning white.
x Urie – A striking gray yuglet flecket girl with an incredibly soft fleece, also in her first year of breeding. Lambs will be flashy, perhaps gray, and if not moorit, must carry moorit.
**Magnus – a gray (possibly carrying moorit and the modifier) yearling ram, his first year of work. He’s the son of Lewis, a stunning gray ram who has gone to another flock to spread his wonderful genetics. A very friendly boy, with a wonderful color. Hoping he will pass on the modifier.
x Rysa – This moorit krunet caped flecket(actually the cape extends almost all the way back – a long cape) is the daughter of Oiseval and granddaughter of my beloved foundation ewe Kilda. Looking for another caped flecked in gray…or musket…or…
**Daal – a moderately dark gray yearling ram, his first year of work. He must carry moorit.
x Mousa – A black blettet with a “kindly” fleece. Looking for black or gray from this pair – or maybe moorit.
**Sneck – a very dark gray (emsket?) yearling ram, his first year of work. Like his brother Daal, he must carry moorit.
x Fetlar – A light gray girl carrying moorit. Lambs are likely to have some facial markings, but a uniform body, likely some flavor of gray. A wonderfully soft fleece is guaranteed.
x Havra – A moorit krunet bielset girl with an interesting fleece color. This is her first year of breeding. Based on the white markings of the parents, the lambs may be almost completely colored – musket, gray, moorit, or black.