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Elvis

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Elvis, JLC4-8 is one of two 5/8 Wiltshire Poll ram lambs AI sired by Whata635 of New Zealand who dna tested RR for the scrapie resistance gene.

Another country heard from

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The 1st lamb born in the second AI group sired by the Wiltipoll Gee Tee 317 of Australia.
JLC6-8 is a big growthy good looking girl, also 5/8 Wiltshire Poll whose mother is a 100% shedder.

Then and now

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The 1st lamb of 2008 previously shown as a newborn is shown here at 90 days of age. JLC1-8 is 5/8 Wiltshire Poll and was AI sired by the New Zealand Wiltshire Poll ram, Whata 635. Whata a nice big growthy boy.

Congo

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JLC181-5, this AI sired son of the Dorper CCD001E is certainly one of the most striking lambs we've ever produced. He is owned by the Anderson Farm of Stayton, Oregon

Breeding program

Why the long upgrade process to shedding sheep?

When we decided to breed the wool off our flock in 1999 (I had some back problems and couldn't shear my own sheep anymore) our flock was primarily a commercial Coopworth flock at that time. Not the best choice to turn into shedding sheep if you're in a hurry perhaps, but with over 25 years of production records running on a grass based, low nutritional plane, about the best low maintenance flock we could have made I think. During those 25+ years, we've seen many fads come and go in the sheep business, the latest, greatest purebreds that are going to revolutionize the sheep industry etc. While most of those fads and the people promoting them have come and gone, we were always open to experimenting with a little of everything that looked promising to our commercial operation during that period. Most importantly though, we scored the results of those experiments on the basis of solid production records. Consequently, it simply wa…