Goldie possible parentage
Goldie Note Goldie's ear 3 notches left ear ewe and a triplet?
Finn Tunis ewe Same bare head and coloring
Where do I go from here? Shetland ewes weigh 68 to 100 pounds. A pure Shetland lamb is slow to mature. I have been surfing the internet for ideas. I found farms using colored Finn rams on their Shetland ewes. Today's Finn is larger and bigger boned. Finn ewes 130-160 pounds, rams 150-200 pounds, Finn cross lambs have small head and make for easy lambing. Finns are very docile so the crosses will be tame and easy to handle. The Finn increases milk production and the cross lambs weigh 80 -90 pounds by fall. And as we all know a Finn cross ewe can routinely have triplets and raise them. The Finn fleece micron test is 22-29. wool clip is 6-10 pounds and soft enough to be worn next to the skin. So adding Finn blood will maintain or improve the quality and quantity of the Finn/Shetland fleece I have spoken to Gail and have reserved a Spring ram lamb from her moorit Finn ram and her colored ewes....black, blue-grey and spotted all of Wee Croft breeding. I can maintain my Shetland colors on the crosses, increase prolifically, increase size and market a bigger lamb. And most/all the lambs will be polled.
Gail's Osmo Finn yearling Ram He is half again the size of Gail's Shetland rams
(pic courtesy of Little Red Oak)
A blue grey Finn Shetland ram lamb
A whole pasture of ewes like the blue grey above would be just great