Where are you in KY? I just moved to KY in December (I'm in Rineyville), but I came with my flock of sheep. I have Border Leicesters, Shetlands, and some crossbred ewes. I only have 5 Shetlands at the moment - 1 older ewe, her lambs from last year (ewe and a wether) and her lambs from this year that we born yesterday.
I'll be in the market for a registered Shetland ram this year and I've got a nice little moorit ram lamb (assuming he grows out nicely) available after weaning.
He’s got to be moorit under that white since he’s thrown so many moorit babies out of black ewes. What’s his registered name?
Remember, all Shetlands are either black or moorit. White (Awt) is a pattern along with solid (Aa), gray (Ag), katmoget (Ab), and gulmoget (At). Gray, kat, and gul are all co-dominate, although gray eventually can mask other patterns/markings. White is dominate over all other patterns and hides the sheep’s base color. The gene for spotting is recessive so both parents would have to pass on a spotting gene for the lamb to be spotted.
Unfortunately, your wildly colored ewe lamb will end up being gray (musket in Shetland terms). That is, a moorit base with a solid and gray gene. The spots are complicated. I’m not sure if she’s truly spotted or if the appearance of spots has to do with how her graying gene is expressing.
Any chance you’d match up the lambs with their moms so I can see who produced what? It might help figure out the color genetics in your ram.
Sorry if that was way too much I formation. I spent a lot of time trying to understand Shetland color genetics when I got my first 3 Shetland ewes. They were all out of registered stock, but only 1 of my ewes was actually registered at the time. I was able to figure out who was who and was able to get them registered as adults based on the previous owner’s records of their patterns, colors, and ear tag numbers.