"Perkie." NMI-876E. Horned ewe,homozygous white, triplet. DOB
3/26/17. Sire: "Angus," dam: "Tuligirl." 50% AI, 31 AI sires, including
Garpur, Hunn, Tuli, Visir, Raftur, Lodi, Bramli, Sekkur, Pristur, Foli, Galsi,
Laekur, Foli, Flotti, Butur, and many others.
This was an inbreeding to preserve the very best attributes of the
Visir, Mjaldur, and Raftur lines who all were particularly well built and
heavily muscled. The breeding was highly successful, the conformations
of the resulting triplets were excellent, and the muscling on all three
was exceptional. Chests on all three triplets were very wide, deep and
heavily muscled, and much bigger in circumference than the norm.
Perkie is built like a ram, and her statistics essentially equal those of
the ramlambs in Iceland used to improve the national flock by artificial
insemination, and are very close to that of those rams in other
measurements, except her back measured 17.6 cm compared to 19.8
cm on the ram lambs chosen for AI service, and her weight was about
equal. She seems to be heavily muscled like her world-class dam
(SeeTuligirl.) but has a thinner fat layer than her dam.
Icelandic ewes from Icelandics North tend to be larger than the
norm. The usual ewe in Iceland is generally 120-135 lbs. The ewes from
Icelandics North generally range from 150 to 190 lbs. probably due to
excellent genetics, rich soils which grow high quality forage, low
parasite infestation because of long pasture rotation intervals (sheep
are rotated through the pastures, only staying on each pasture for no
more than 5 days, and it is usually 72-105 days before they are back at
their starting point.)
The last big factor that lends to size in our animals is that we cull
severely; only the finest animals remain.
Perkie is very broad all over, with a very evenly proportioned and
unusually perfect conformation, excellent fully rounded and broad
shoulders, broad heavily muscled back with an eyemuscle score of
about 4 1/2 out of a possible "5," and an eyemuscle measurement of
Perkie has a very broad and well rounded rump and heavy leg
Her brother "Charolais" was even bigger and more heavily muscled.
"Charolais" seems to have the thickest eyemuscling of any Icelandic in
the world today. At only 9 1/2 months of age, his backmuscling was an
unheard of 51mm!!! The best rams in Iceland used to improve the
nation's flock generally don't exceed 43mm at 18 months of age!!
Her wool is also exceptionally thick and soft. She was without a
doubt our best ewelamb of the year.
If we breed her this fall, she will be bred to "Sir Galahad" who has a
particularly good conformation, body harmony, and excellent muscling.
Galahad bred to Perkie should yield exceptional lambs who would be
46% AI, with 41 AI Sires in their background, potentially have world
class thick muscling, excellent conformations, and very low fat content.