What are those Clusters Anyway?

Black Welsh Mountain sheep in North America are highly inbred. Our founding population was very small so we do not have much variation from which to select. In the USDA’s National Animal Germplasm Program performed a cluster analysis study on the population. This...

Ram Evaluations Done!

One of the tasks every year is to evaluate all the sheep and decide who we are keeping vs who is for sale or will go to slaughter. We try to provide top quality sheep as breeding stock and that only happens because we cull heavily. Today was the evaluations on the...
Wide Load 2

Wide Load 2

One of the Wide Load sheep still hasn’t lambed yet. We are both anxiously waiting. I am sure she will be more comfortable once those lambs are outside!
Wide Loads

Wide Loads

Our expected start of lambing is 22 April. Normally by now we are out on pasture but the grass hasn’t grown enough yet so I’m holding the sheep in on hay for longer. These 2 sisters are some of our top producing sheep with great EBVs. They and their other...

Ram Semen Collection

Behind as per usual in posting here. We spent a week in October working with the USDA NAGP to collect and freeze semen from our rams. Some will be used later this year in our flock as part of their experiment in fine tuning the timing for insemination of synchronized...