We had a very nice ram lamb from one of our B&W ewes, Harley. The photo below is Hopi, a nicely marked B&W ram.
|Hopi '13 - ram. Dam Harley, sire Rowdy.|
The more exciting lambing result happened recently, however. I have been studying the white spotting gene, and I have a "new" theory about underlying genetics of extensive white spotting, and that it is different from the "gradual white spotting" I have been getting so far in my B&Ws.
I purchased an EWS ram, RBST, to see how this genotype worked into the flock. Saltmarsh Alston was a good sire for this trait as he is clearly "EWS". (Note in particular that his horns are about half-white and half dark - very nicely marked!)
|Saltmarsh Alston '08 Dark Wild with Extensive White Spotting|
|Woodland Creek Gwyneth and her 2013 ram lamb, Orvieto.|
|Woodland Creek Orvieto '13 - ram|
I'll close this post with an update on the self-colored light phase (SCLP or "chocolate") Soay lambs progress. All are growing like weeds and all are "aggressively horned". They are sure a lovely color, and to my surprise there is some variation in intensity of the brown between some of them.
|Six SCLP Soay lambs play on the compost pile.|
|They are a lovely color and all growing horns aggressively!|
|Although they are fading a bit with sun-bleaching, one ram lamb in particular has always been very dark brown.|