|Part of the EverRanch Gotland flock|
(with Eve the Scottish Blackface in the background)
2012 marks the first year with Gotland lambs in the US born of Swedish rams! The Gotland breed was developed in Sweden, so going to the source seemed natural for our upbreeding program. Carol Ronan, Polly Matzinger and I collaborated to import the first, and so far only, semen from Swedish Gotland rams. It wasn't so simple to get semen from Sweden and I totally credit Carol (Ronan Country Fibers) for making that effort successful.
Eleven top Gotland rams were collected. A limited amount of semen is available: http://www.washingtonwool.net/show136v/Purebred_Gotland_Semen_from_Sweden
Here are the results at EverRanch. Note that several are for sale - this is an excellent opportunity to add diverse genetics to your Gotland or fiber flock! EverRanch uses all Northern Short-Tail genetics in our Gotland upbreeding program, through Finnsheep and Shetland sheep foundation ewes. We feel that the body type is just as important as fleece type, and ease of care and production is most important of all! All of our Gotland sheep are recorded/registered with GSBANA - the original Gotland Sheep Association in North America. Ewes can be registered at 75% and up, rams need to be at least 87.5% Gotland to be registered.
Our products for sale, including sheep and lambs, are on Washington Wool dot Net:
|A closer look at Cameo. She's a keeper!|
|Gunpowder - for sale|
|Bossie lambed the same day with her triplets - two rams, Ferdinand and Angus, and a ewe, Elsa, by Sindarve Silver. The rams are for sale. 75% Gotland/ 25% Finnsheep.|
Bossie has the softest fleece of our adult Gotlands and is wonderfully friendly.
|Bossie with Angus and Ferdinand (All for sale)|
|This is EVR Alice with her ram lamb, Graeme, by Sindarve Silver. Graeme (87.5% Gotland/ 12.5% Shetland) will be used for breeding this fall, then will be for sale.|
|EVR Marie (Alice's twin sister) and her ram, Desmond, by Granby's Mr. Big. 87.5% Gotland/12.5% Shetland. Desmond (SOLD), though it's very tempting to keep him! Marie is also for sale (75% Gotland/25% Shetland, by NZ Hoppy out of EVR Bunny)|
|Desmond (Sold) and Marie - for sale|
|Here's looking at you! - Desmond (Sold)|
|Connor - he's 75% Gotland/25% Finnsheep by Sindarve Shaun out of EVR Chamois. I was so hoping for a ewe out of this breeding, and this ram is very, very nice. He's for sale, though if he's still around I might use him on a couple of ewes this fall.|
|EVR Gem and her twins, Mica (r) on the left, Smoky Diamond (e) on the right. These 87.5% Gotland lambs are fabulously curly and stocky. Both will be retained. Granby Mr. Big is their sire.|
This next group features lambs out of the backup rams, EVR Flint (87.5% Gotland/12.5% Finnsheep by NZ Ralph out of EVR Gem) and EVR Dancer (75% Gotland/25% Finnsheep by NZ Flash out of EVR Bits)
|EVR Suede - by Dancer out of Jewel. Suede is staying. This breeding is a combination of our best producing Gotlands and the best of the UK and NZ bloodlines.|
|These twins are DeeTee's latest. The ram is on the left and the ewe is on the right. Both are for sale. The ram has tight pincurls like his sire, Flint. The ewe has a more typical open curl. 68.75% Gotland/ 25% Shetland/12.5% Finnsheep|
|DeeTee's ewe lamb again. She's lovely and for sale!|
|EVR Delilah - sold.|
More to come!