Yesterday when I was dealing with the gully girls, I took a good look at their fleeces. (Took photos, too, but they didn't turn out.) Bronwen, who has been darker than fawn Bramble from the beginning, is definitely NOT moorit as I first thought (and put on her registration); she has a distinct line where her fleece is coming in lighter. Since neither of her parents carry Ag, she must be fawn as well. Interesting how two sheep with apparently the same color genetics can manifest so differently!
Anyway, it made me curious about Blackberry. Could he be modified as well? So this morning I pulled back his coat and took a look.
Black as can be at shoulder and side,and only a little silver scattered through his frosted area and hip.
And talk about crimpy and soft! I think this boy may be the prize of my 2009 lamb crop; I'm so glad I kept him. Not that I'm going by my own hand; while I had his coat pulled up, I took a mid-side fleece sample to send in to Texas A&M.
Then I grabbed the girls (still hollering in the fold; Bramble has cried herself hoarse) and snipped mid-side samples from them as well. Here is Bramble's sample in the morning sun and on my washing machine under fluorescent light:
Here is Bronwen's sample in the morning light and on my washing machine (see the line?):
I am very interested to see the test results on these three samples. I have a feeling that getting a new poll-carrying girlfriend or two for Blackberry will become imperative!
That's it for now from . . .