Thursday, May 16, 2013

UK, AI, F1, F2...what does that mean?

Well most established Shetland breeders know what these mean, but new or potential flock owners let me take a minute to explain.

UK - yes just as you would think - it stands for United Kingdom, or in this case sheep that have UK blood in recent generations.  Shetland importation occurred in the 80's and any new UK genetics have been added over the years through the use of AI (Artificial Insemination) from a few select UK sires.   F1 means that the animal is the product of the AI and is first generation here in North America.  F2, second generation, the offspring of the F1 animal.  F3 is the third generation and so forth.   I have found the UK genetics have influenced my flock in many positive ways, especially in terms so fleece quality, improving fineness and crimp. I have used two F1 rams over the last 3 years,  F1 Heights Orion the two years previous, and F1 Drum Jings this year as well as F2 Heights Orion.  I have F1, F2, and F3 rams for sale.  These rams are a great and easy way to add UK genetics to you flock, without expense and complication of trying to do AI yourself.  I am selling all rams this year as I am going to take a lambing break this coming year.  I might breed only a few or a few cross breeds for market lambs, or take the year off altogether.  I know I have said that in the past but this year I might just have the will power to do it.  Please help me find these handsome rams a good breeding home.   Inquire if interested or spread the word...all reasonable offers considered.

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