HIGH ROAD SHEEP 

North Country Cheviots .. Suffolks

STUD RAMS               


  NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT  

       (SUFFOLKS BELOW)


                     
                HIGHLAND TROOPER
                                      


AUGUST 2017

LOOK WHO'S BACK!



HIGH ROAD 0085  

"THE $2000 RAM" 

We ran into Terry Woods at the Petersburg sale. Terry bought our $2000 Supreme Ram there in 2012. As usual when meeting Terry, my first words were, 
"How's the old ram? " 
"Pretty good," says Terry, "The bears haven't got him yet.
Do you want to use him?"

Naturally I jumped at the chance and we picked him up at Terry's farm.  We returned him later, in time for breeding season at Terry's, later than ours. So we will have an unexpected bonus before long when his lambs come. 
He looks great, especially considering his age - seven in the spring of 2018.

He was Supreme Ram in 2012, topping the sale and setting the U.S. record price for a North Country ram. He only sired three purebred rams, as a lamb- one of them was TANK, our best ever stud ram, and another was Reserve National Champion for Susan Davies. Naturally, we expect some high powered lambs in February. We thank Terry for letting us share his headliner.

His pictures below show him as a yearling. 




With Judge Brad Kasler, and Robbie McNabb holding.


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HIGHLAND TROOPER


         
   


Pictured at 15 months
probably the most photogenic ram we ever had - according to this reporter.

Below -Pictured the day after shearing, May 2015 age 26 months






OUR GREAT STUD RAM"TANK" SAD TO SAY DIED AN ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN MAY 2014. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE ANOTHER YOUNG SIRE THAT WE RANK COMPARABLE TO HIS PREDECESSOR.   A SHEEP WITH GREAT STYLE AND BALANCE, MUSCLE AND MASS, HE FOLLOWS THE PATTERN WE SEEK OF GRASS TYPE RED MEAT SHEEP, WITH TRUE NORTH COUNTRY BREED TYPE AND EYE APPEAL. 

WE WILL SHARE TROOPER WITH A NEW NORTH COUNTRY FLOCK RECENTLY ESTABLISHED CLOSE BY ON APPLE HORSE FARM, OWNED BY OUR FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR, DABNEY PASCO.
SEE MORE TROOPER PICTURES BELOW.
                         

           

   Trooper pictured at at 12 months of age. By the far the most "Scottish" looking ram we ever had - tremendous thickness and capacity, breed type, balance and bone. Some would probably want him taller, but to us he is the grass type sheep our commercial customers seek, with the pattern to produce carcass value market lambs off grass at a desirable weight.

       


    The plan was to retain the best son of Littledale B204. This is the one, we think. A power packed red meat sheep, out of the favorite young ewe in the flock,  one of the last daughters of AHF 2558. He is as thick as any we ever had, with style, balance and pattern to match. We appreciate his correctness of feet and legs, outstanding breed type and gentle disposition. His name reflects the infusion from thee crosses of the imported sire, Brotherstone Trooper bred in Scotland by our late friend Tommy Dun. 
    We have lately had several inquiries for "grass type" sheep. We think this is the type it takes.    Low set and massive, some might prefer a taller sheep, but  as one of my old friends liked to say,   
"McDonalds doesn't sell an air sandwich".

             
Trooper pictured as a lamb - he was as stylish and attractive as any lamb we ever had and still is, one of those rare ones that always looks good. I have been at this long enough to learn that those are the kind you had better keep around. These pictures will hopefully illustrate what I mean.
                                                                                                      
               

          
       






          
                          This shot really shows the girth and chest floor - at barely three months old.

We have devoted considerable space to Trooper, which is a measure of our confidence that he will prove worthy of such attention.   



TROOPER PICTURED DECEMBER 2017
5 Year old. 
IF THERE IS A MORE MASSIVE,WIDER TRACKING, BIGGER BARRELED RAM IN THE BREED, I WANT TO SEE HIM. PERFECT DISPOSITION, GREAT BREED TYPE
SCOTTISH PEDIGREE





We showed Trooper as a lamb to support the WV National Show. He stood last in class.
Imagine that.


THIS JUST IN!


CFF 81-17 Outcross Sire from Susan Davies flock


FORMER STUD RAMS

A CLASS WINNING RAM LAMB PURCHASED AT THE 2014  NORTH COUNTRY NATIONAL SALE FROM CLAY HILL RANCH IN INDIANA.  TESTING RR, AND A SON OF THE TWO TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION RAM MSM 1004, PROVIDING US SOME OUTCROSS GENETICS,YET MAINTAINING THE PHENOTYPE AND PROFILE WE SEEK.


CHR 14020 RR
2/13/2014  Twin      Sre: MSM 1004 (Twice National Champion ram)



Pictured July 19, after 6 weeks to settle in. A lamb with volume, depth of body and muscle expression, attractive square rumped profile and correctness, we look forward to watching him develop.



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HERDSIRE INSURANCE Highland Challenger






HERE IS A RAM WE SOLD AS A LAMB IN 2010 TO RETA ROSE, HILLSBORO,WV WHERE WE SPENT 23 YEARS. RETA'S  SON BRUCE WAS ONE OF MY STRONGER SOCCER PLAYERS IN MY COACHING DAYS, AND NOW IS COACHING HIS OWN CHILDREN. 

    RETA BOUGHT TWO MORE RAMS FROM US IN 2014, AND WHEN I SAW HER OLD RAM, I SUGGESTED TRADING HIM FOR ANOTHER YOUNG ONE. HE IS A SON OF THE GREAT OLD AHF 2558, OUR FOUNDATION SIRE FROM OREGON, AND IS TYPICAL OF BIG VOLUME BOLD KIND WE LIKE. THIS SHEEP HAS SEVERAL RELATIVES IN THE FLOCK, BUT WE THOUGHT THE CHANCE TO ADD HIM TO THE ROSTER TOO GOOD TO PASS UP.


THIS STORY HAS A SAD PUNCHLINE
I LENT THIS RAM TO SOMEONE IN SW VA, SINCE I DID NOT NEED HIM THAT SEASON. I  HAVE NEVER SEEN THE RAM AGAIN, NOR ANY MONEY.
THIS IS THE FIRST ONE I EVER HAD STOLEN



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STUD RAM  2016-2017

MALOY 0096

"TANK JR"

Born APRIL 5, 2014 Sire: McHale 0002  "TANK" Dam: Highland Lass 0339 by Littledale B204.







 WE ALWAYS PLANNED TO KEEP A SON OF "TANK", OUR GREAT STUD RAM  THAT WE LOST AFTER ONE BREEDING SEASON.
  WE SOLD SOME EWE LAMBS BRED TO "TANK"TO MIKE AND PRISCILLA MALOY WHOSE FARM IS NOT FAR AWAY IN HIGHLAND COUNTY.THIS RAM WAS BORN ON OUR PLACE BEFORE THE MALOYS MOVED THEIR SHEEP . WE WATCHED HIM DEVELOP IN HIGHLAND COUNTY, AND SOON CONCLUDED THAT HE HAD BETTER COME HOME. WE APPRECIATE THE MALOYS GIVING US THE CHANCE TO OWN HIM. MUCH LIKE HIS SIRE, HE IS OUR KIND OF SHEEP, FULL OF RED MEAT, STYLISH, GREAT BONE AND WIDTH OF BASE. HE CODON TESTED RR, AND HAS A SUPERIOR SCROTAL MEASUREMENT,THUS HIS RESUME IS PRETTY COMPLETE.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR PROGRAM.











A RECENT PICTURE OF TANK JR AT TWO YEARS OLD 
illustrating his capacity, spring and depth of rib, bone  and correctness of feet and legs.. He has the pattern we seek, full of red meat, with girth and volume to perform on grass.





SOLD TO KERWIN KUNATH, KEYSVILLE, VA  April 2017







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WE LOST "TANK" OUR FAVORITE STUD RAM TO A FREAK ACCIDENT INVOLVING A BOARD FENCE. HE WAS AS GOOD AS WE WILL EVER OWN. WE HAVE A CROP OF LAMBS FROM HIM AND WILL SURELY KEEP SOME OF HIS BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS.


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 McHale 0002 -    "TANK"
    
Here is a March 2012 twin ram sired by HIGH ROAD 0085, the $2000 ram, out of a Highland Chieftain daughter that we sold Steve McHale in November 2011. Though he is related to some of our sheep, we just thought him too good not to buy. A sheep with great power and dimension, good length of side and massive width of top, he is extra correct on his feet and legs.  We consider him as good as we have seen for a long time.

         





                                                                                                  
             
    TANK pictured August 21,2013  the day he went to work. He was fitted for the National Show the previous week. The judge buried him, but he is for sure as good as we will ever own. The natural thickness, capacity,length of spine, base width, head and bone make him one of a kind in our opinion. We feel he is a composite sheep - plenty of scale and dimension to go with his abundance of muscle. Extra correct on feet and legs, he also has a super disposition. We hear people talking now and then about North Country sheep being wild - not in this flock.
   

  
     


  
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FALL 2012 Service Sire -
LITTLEDALE B204


SOLD JUNE 2013 to RON FLETCHER
                  

      

3/23/2011
      
From the Phillipsons in Wisconsin, heavy Scottish influence including three crosses of the imported Brotherstone Trooper, three of Longoe S8 33C ,one of Longoe S24,and one of Colmslie Favourite. Trooper came from the late Tommy Dun, who found us two Border Collie pups, Rob and Chris that we imported to West Virginia in the seventies. The Longoe rams came from the Queen Mother's farm in Caithness where we visited in 2006.
        We thank our friend Joe Emenheiser who went to Wisconsin looking for Suffolks, but was kind enough to bring this one home as well. A Scottish style sheep with thickness, girth and bone.
                                                                                                                                      


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                             AHF 2558

 

 

 
 Bred by Bonnie Henny, Oregon  he was Reserve National Champion Ram as a lamb in 2006. We partnered with Ron Fletcher on 2558. A massive, powerful ram with head and bone befitting his heavy Scottish ancestry, his pedigree including three crosses of Longoe 33C, from the Queen Mother's fine flock at Castle of Mey in Caithness.

Eric and Trisha Henny with 2558 at Louisville
 
 
   Unfortunately,
AHF 2558 died during his second breeding season with us, but sired several strong sons that will continue his legacy, most notably, Highland Banner and Highland Leader for Ron Fletcher, and Highland Chieftain and Highland Piper in our program. We have also retained several handsome daughters.
  




                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
AHF 2558 as a mature ram,
skin clipped above and in full fleece below.

                              



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HIGHLAND CHIEFTAIN
  

                                   
                              Highland Chieftain at 9 months - stud ram 2010 and 2011season

Sired by AHF 2558, and out of a good Roger Billiter ewe from the National Sale in 2008, Chieftain was the top gaining North Country at the 2010 Virginia Ram Lamb performance test.  Gaining right at a pound per day, his gain ratio was 121. Having lost his sire, we decided Chieftain was too good to let go, so planned to retain him for stud duty at home. We had to top the sale to get him back at $670. We really like him - he pretty well epitomizes what we are trying to breed. In addition to his performance record and ideal disposition, he is thick topped, stylish and sound, on track to being burly and massive like his sire, with the head and bone to match. His soundness of feet and legs is outstanding. We used him heavily as a lamb, yet he stayed in good order, and we are very favorably impressed with his first lambs. I don't recall one I liked better at his age.

Fall 2011 Update:
Chieftain has developed into a handsome ram with good size, and a degree of height and body length that we value in our North Country stud rams.     
  He is shown pictured below in his working clothes on November 9, 2011 aged 21 months, after breeding 40 ewes. We like to think he could have been competitive at the National Show as a yearling but his service as our chief stud ram was clearly priority
number one.                                                                     
 






RD 33- dam of Chieftain as 3 yr old*****************************************SPRING 2012 UPDATE     SAD TO SAY CHIEFTAIN DIED IN THE SPRING OF 2012 WITH HIS SECOND LAMB CROP ON THE GROUND. HE WAS WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE BETTER ONES WE'LL EVER OWN. WE HAVE SEVERAL DAUGHTERS IN THE FLOCK AND WILL LIKELY RETAIN A SON TO FOLLOW HIM.
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Highland Piper

                          Pictured at 9 months

    A full brother to Ron Fletcher's powerhouse Highland Banner, out of the outstanding Bennett 6 ewe from New York, Piper saw light duty in 2010 following performance testing at Steeles Tavern in the VA test. Stylish and complete,he looked great as a youngster. Smaller in frame than his half brother "Chieftain", Piper's first lambs are attractive and eye appealing. 


                          
                                Highland Piper           9 months              Highland Chieftain

below:Highland Piper at thirteen months of age - April 2011We would consider selling Highland Piper, since we are using his half brother. His dam Bennet 6 may be the best ewe in the flock.





SOLD TO DAN HOFF,  GRAYSON COUNTY, VA - August 2011

Dan's comment when Highland Piper stepped off our trailer -
"Man...I never thought I'd ever own a ram like that!"
We bred Piper to a few ewes as a lamb, and one of his sons
made a big splash as a yearling which is outlined at length below.



UPDATE JUNE 2012
   HIGHLAND PIPER SON SETS RECORDS

SUPREME RAM AT PETERSBURG
  FIRST NORTH COUNTRY EVER TO WIN.
           $2000 WV STATE RECORD PRICE
                         U.S. BREED RECORD PRICE

       
   

HIGH ROAD 0085
With Buyers Terry and Cindy Woods, Criders, VA and Joe Walker.
Born February 28, 2011. Sire Highland Piper, Dam a maternal sisster to "Hammer" below. More pictures and story on SALES page.




KH 75 "Hammer" 

     
  Hammer as a yearling    
                                  
    I traded some sheep with Kenny Hammer, a good friend from McGaheysville, VA, and got this ram as a lamb to use when our AHF 2558 ram died. Pictured here at around 14 months of age,"Hammer" is out of a grand 10 year old ewe that goes back to Bob Totten breeding, whose foundation came from us long ago. His sire is a Fletcher bred son of the 33C sired ram that Ron got from Littledale in Wisconsin. Hammeer is compact in frame, thick and meaty, truly a Scottish style sheep. A son sold with three fancy ewe lambs to young Lee Deem in West Virginia starting a new flock. 
UPDATE
Two yearling sons of Hammer made a splash at Petersburg, 2011, providing two of the top three sale prices over all breeds - see the SALES page. His mother has a fine pair of 2011 lambs by Highland Piper - at 11 years old.


                             
                                   10 yr old dam of "Hammer"                     His maternal sister, dam of 0085
                                                                     niformityy and capacity


                  


HAMMER as a two year old. 

    
Not a great big sheep, he is full of red meat. We also appreciate the fleeces on our North Country sheep. One reason the sheep are so weather resistant is their extensive thick winter coat. It also may be of interest that in Scotland, they leave most of the tail on the "hill" sheep. Cutting the tail off lets the North wind through the protective wool layer, so they leave the tail cut just above the hock, thus protection is retained completely around the sheep as nature intended.     Many North Country sheep tend to be prominent at the shoulder, as this ram appears slightly. The show jocks may not like that, but the Scots say the sheep climb the hills better with that higher shoulder. Sometimes unfortunately, show ring standards are unrelated to function.


                                                   



Hammer pictured August 1, 2012, as a three year old,  illustrating his power and muscle shape.

                

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SUFFOLK FLOCK SIRES


STOCKTON SUPERSIRE 95
    The great British sire on which our U.K. influence is concentrated. The British sheep are typically more moderate in frame, but powerful, full of meat and muscle with abundant strength of bone, girth, capacity and breed type. We feel an infusion of these characteristics will help direct our program in the desired direction.
The young sires below are all descendants of Stockton Supersire 95.



BREAKING NEWS

FALL 2018      WE NEEDED A RAM. We liked the looks on paper of a yearling ram in the VA Tech sale, so drove to Blackburg.  When I walked into the pen, I was blown away. What a ram! 

I quickly concluded that here was an individual that so exemplified the template we are striving to produce, we had better take him home, well aware he was sure to be costly.

Mass, power, girth, base width, muscle shape, spring of rib, bone, disposition and structure.

His sire led the breed in loin EBV, while his maternal grandsire is a half brother to our great sire 2612.
His lineage is clearly influenced by  the judicious selection of our two Suffolk gurus and friends, Joe Emenheiser and John Scott.

$1750
By far the most expensive ram we ever bought, though we sold one for more in 2012

Below are  pictures taken the day after he arrived. More to follow.

 VA Tech W332

 Sire: MGR 3007
Dam by MacCauley 2407
Triplet 3/17/17

EBV   BW + 0.0
         WWT +2.7
         PWW+ 4.5
          Fat   -0.8
        Loin  + 0.8
    Fecal egg -6
         MLW +4.1
Carcass Plus +134



I WILL GET BETTER PICTURES



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VA TECH W264 RR
PIVTURED AGED 7 months

TWIN 2/23 2017


SIRE: VA Tech S277
DAM BY Mint Gold Ranch 3007
ADG !.11  gain ratio 112 WDA Ratio 104

VA Tech S227 is sired by MacCauley 2407, paternal brother to our 2612 ram and grandson of Stockton Supersire 95.

The dam of W264 is a daughter of Mint Gold Ranch 3007, a breed leader in loin muscle depth.

We purchased W264 at the VA Tech 2017 production sale. We have a choice group of 2612 daughters to breed, and felt this ram had the genetics we seek, plus had the muscle shape, thickness  and pattern to suit our program.




SOLD JUNE 2018 TO JOE AND SARA RILEY,
HILLSBORO, WEST VIRGINIA


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SPRING 2015 PURCHASE

NEW SIRE POWER


C Reno 510 "Joe Montana"

From Big Sky Suffolks, Billings, Montana, pictured less than 24 hours after arriving, here is a stout ram lamb with the British genetics we seek. Thanks to Chris Reno for selling him to us, and Joe Emenheiser for scouting him for us.  He will be working on our 2612 daughters among others. Both of his parents came from the Alan Batt flock in Idaho
The sire of 510 is Batt 4023
His sire URF 033 was used in the Kimm Flock, and is out of a great granddaughter of Stockton Supersire 95. The dam of 4023 was sired by URF 037 "Keeneland"a grandson of Stockton 95. Her dam was sired by URF 71, also a grandson of Stockton 95.

The dam of C Reno 510 is described as one of the top ewes in the Big Sky flock. She is a daughter of URF 037 "Keeneland" a grandson of Stockton 95.

This pedigree summary details that our "Joe Montana" ram has four crosses of Stockton Supersire 95, giving us line breeding to the ram many consider the most superior and prepotent sire in the breed, for those seeking true type, massive, carcass value practical Suffolks.

UPDATE

Joe Montana pictured March 2016
aged 13 months. He looks great at this point, and is puppy dog tame. He bred 30 ewes as a lamb, and we love his offspring.
Two daughters already slated for Tennessee. We expect several sons will be at the Virginia ram test.




Pictured March, 2017

SOLD 2017 to Mike Smith, Horner,WV.

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MacCauley 2612  RR



From the 2013 Kimm sale guest consignment, comes MacCauley 2612, a stout yearling  grandson of Stockton Supersire 95, from a highly productive female line. His grand dam, a Slack ewe, produced the champion slick sheared yearling ram at Louisville, 2008.       
We are privileged to share ownership with our friends Joe Emenheiser, and Dalton Bennett, our three flocks comprising Virginia Suffolk Syndicate in owning the ram. 
    Joe has been a wise counselor for us, especially in the area Suffolk genetics and selection.
    Dalton has a pretty solid livestock pedigree himself and is developing a production based Suffolk program at Knoll Crest, the family farm, renowned as one of the nation's premier beef cattle seedstock sources.







Dalton Bennett, Martin Macqueen, Dr Joe Emenheiser
"The Virginia Suffolk Syndicate"






MacCauley 2612 ............Pictures taken May 13.2013


We especially appreciate the muscle pattern, length
 of loin, bone, correctness of feet and legs, Suffolk breed type and overall power of this ram. 








                                                                                                                                                                     

     
                                    MacCauley 2612

2612 in his working clothes  August 2, 2014

         

      
Joe Emenheiser  took this fine shot of 2612 in Vermont, April 2015. It amply illustrates the breed type,bone, length and muscle shape that 2612 displays.

Sire of 2612, URL 645

      
 Picture courtesy of Mr.Warren Kuhl. This powerful ram is a son of Stockton Supersire 95, and clearly shows the mass, bone and girth typical of these genetics.

     
       
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        EMENHEISER 1P
  His daughters are proving to be outstanding brood ewes. One of them produced the $1500top seller at the 2015 Virginia Ram Test.

       SIRE of 2013 and  most of 2014 LAMB CROP
    
         
Pictured June 2014 aged 27 months

      
From our A.I. program described below, here is a February born son of the Canadian sire, Kilannan 1P (grandson of two British sires, Stockton Supersire 95 and Carness Firecracker)    from a Mint Gold ewe owned by Joe Emenheiser. We are partners with Joe in owning this ram. He was developed at the Virginia ram test. He gained 1lb per day on test and scanned 3.25 loin eye, putting him in the top 10% of Suffolk rams on the Virginia test.


    
Pictured after breeding 30 ewes in November 2012 , age 91/2 months


1P pictured May 4, 2013 aged 13 months

    
    1P BABY PICTURES

                  

          
     1P sold after two seasons to Nathan Sylvester in New York State
Pictured below is the ram we liked the best from 1P's first crop, pictured as a yearling. Stud ram in a new Suffolk flock owned by Lee Deem at Alderson,WV.



             
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Mint Gold Ranch 9016 "Lambeau"      
       
PICTURED AT 7 MONTHS 
      

    When we got our Suffolk flock under way, I felt we needed to add some firepower in the ram department. John Scott had used several Mint Gold rams from Wisconsin with success, so we bought MGR 9016, the first pick from the Mint Gold Ranch 2009 ram lamb offering sight unseen off their website after loin scanning.       
 (I should mention what a fine informative website the folks at Mint Gold Ranch maintain - keeping all that data current is a major undertaking)
           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  He was one of the higher in loin area at 3.83 sq.ins with WDA of 1.12. We were not disappointed when we picked him up at the Bill and Susan Shultz farm in Ohio. We nicknamed him "Lambeau" since he originated close to the home of the Green Bay Packers who play in historic Lambeau Field. Sporting a pedigree stacked with big loin numbers, he is a red meat, moderately framed, wide based, straight lined sheep.  We were proud to exhibit his handsome first son "Shotgun" as our debut Suffolk at the West Virginia Petersburg Sale, and we had 3 sons at the VA Ram Test. See pictures in our SALES page.

      On left is Mint Gold Ranch website picture                      of"Lambeau" at around 5 months                   showing his top  width  and natural thickness.


                                            
                           Maternal grandsire
MGR 4001 "Big Chops"                                                   MGR Loin scan headliner    4.55 sq. insKimm

BELOW ARE FOUR  PASTURE PICTURES OF "
LAMBEAU" TAKEN IN HIS WORKING CLOTHES IN SEPTEMBER 2011 WHEN HE WAS A THREE YEAR OLD. WE APPRECIATE HIS EXCEPTIONAL MUSCLE EXPRESSION AND BASE WIDTH, ALONG WITH HIS GIRTH, FRAME MODERATION AND SOUNDNESS OF FEET AND LEGS.

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Double Scott 
285R
Our first Suffolk stud ram, from the John Scott flock.  Pictured above as a lamb and below as a yearling after heavy use.  Sire of our 2009 lambs, we kept most of his daughters, and they have done a superior job with their first lambs. He sold to Stella and Joel Callison, Hillsboro, West Virginia, longtime friends and neighbors. Stella is also our banker, which she may find challenging at times.




                      

                                         
 
  
                                                                    

 

 

 

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      THE A.I. PROGRAM   2011    

    
Our plan for progress in the sheep operation always included the use of ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION as a means to propagate improving genetics.
The availability of two outstanding SUFFOLK RAMS from Canada led to our inseminating 16 ewes with the professional help of Glen Erickson from Utah. Glen drove to Virginia from work in Ohio, and on September 12, bred our ewes and a few White Dorpers for our friend John Scott near Princeton, WV, about two hours away.      

 

      I had always envisioned the use of British Suffolk genetics in our operation as a means to moderate frame size and add girth, mass and muscle, changes in my opinion overdue in the breed in modern times. If many U.S.Suffolks tend to be overly tall and shallow, then certainly some of the British sheep may suffer from excess in  opposing extremity, being overly compact and short legged. Clearly we need to avoid extremes in either direction, so were fortunate to locate two rams in Canada that we feel may well provide the blend we seek.           

 

                  

                                      KILANNAN 1P  
                    
CAN 602300   JAN 20,2004  twin    RR
    Owned by Glen Porteous in Ontario, 1P is 1/4 British in blood, descending from the great  U.K. ram Stockton Supersire 95, the most popular of the imported Suffolks and from Carness Firecracker, another influential British sire.
    1P is described a a massive deep bodied ram, excelling in rump structure, length of loin  and correctness of feet and legs.

 

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                             THISTLESTONE 248E

 

      CAN 470661      April 21, 1995  Twin  Test ADG 1.14    50 day wt: 47lbs   100 day wt: 103.4  Ratio 106



     248E is 100% British, born in Canada, being the result of an imported embryo. Sired by Cairness Firecracker (from Scotland), he exemplifies the body depth, capacity and bone of the British Suffolks. Twin to 249E, a heavily used A.I. sire, 248E is a proven ram whose semen is virtually unavailable, and we were fortunate to obtain what we did.  

    

 

 

                      

          After a busy day of A.I., from left, Macqueen, Glen Erickson, Joe Emenheiser and John Scott. We are holding part of the cradles in which the ewes are laid on their back for the procedure. The cradles had to be didassembled so Glen could get them in his rental car. He inseminates many deer as well as sheep, so he designed the cradles to fit both species. My first reaction was"Why would anyone want to A.I. a deer?"  Glen quickly assured us that breeding big racked bucks is a very extensive and lucrative business all over the country.(I probably should have figured that out for myself)

                             NEW FRONTIER GENETICS
                 GLEN ERICKSON
                   435-770-8768 

              We may well be interested in some A.I. in 2012. Contact us if you are interested in doing some and perhaps we can coordinate a visit from Glen to share travel cost. Our A.I. date in 2011 was September 12.which would mean a lambing date around February 4. If we plan to breed some North Country ewes, we likely would plan a week or so later to ensure adequate heat cycle.

 

                 

    Most sheep A.I. is done using a laparoscope, placing the semen directly into the uterus. The sheep's                anatomy prevents easy entry through the reproductive tract as is done with cattle.

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