Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mouflon Lambs

Our new ram, Ember, threw 75% mouflon color pattern. We also found out that he carries the spotting gene. Here is Poppy's spotted black mouflon ewe lamb...she is definitely a keeper. Her name is Chamonix.




You can see the mouflon pattern on her ears, her chest, over her eyes and under her chin. On the second photo there is also a small spot above the horn of her hoof.

Here is a full mouflon:

You can see the pattern more clearly on this black mouflon ewe lamb.

The Icelandic sheep breed has complex genetics that determine the color and patterns shown in the individual sheep. One of the neat things about this breed, is you often don't know for sure what you might get. It make raising Icelandic sheep fun.