Mark That Card: Wether Dam Ewes Results

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Rank these ewes as potential donors for an elite club lamb operation in southwest Oklahoma. These ewes will be artificially inseminated or naturally bred to bucks with codon 171 reading homozygous or heterozygous, with the goal to raise competitive show lambs for major stock shows. Elite male progeny will be left in tack for prospective stud ram buyers and seedstock producers. All ewes are operated on a dry lot system with ample feed supplementation.

Ewe #


RT 60 Day Milk

Codon 171



TW +2.1 4.3




TW +2.8 4.0




S +2.5 5.2




S +1.3 3.8


Wether Dam Ewes Official Results
Provided by, Clint Mefford, Connors State College

Cuts 3-2-6

I ranked the Wether Dams 3-2-1-4, quickly finding the most Hampshire appearing female whose skeletal quality and maternal body type allowing me to label her a potential stud ewe candidate. Though I wish I could change her birth type, there is no question in a trio of high caliber RR’s, that she’s the more powerfully built ewe that has the boldest shape to her fore rib and upper body, while being softer in her rear rib and flank. To cap the win, she is also set wider at her pins and is truer at the ground. Now I was sure to take note of the heavier structured ewe that resides in second as she steps into the plant with an eye catching look from the side, plus she is taller fronted and a bit neater in her chest, while tying her neck higher and smoother into the point of her shoulder. However, where I can find room to sort her into second is she gets a bit drawn in her flank and shallower bodied.

Still, as I look towards the middle decision of 2 over 1, I can just make better use of her kind, as she has the outright advantage in terms of being the squarer, thicker ended ewe, who infuses more added center cavity dimension and mass up high. Alternatively, 1 initially struck me as neat made and level designed. Yet, where I lose respect for her is when I study her as she turns and goes, she simply gets to flat and narrow in her general build to compete.

Yet it’s in my bottom decision where she is my only option with regards to scrapie resistance, body type, and fleshing ability. To add leverage, she’s also more correct in the angle of her shoulder and more relaxed in her topline. Now, the ewe that rounds out the class may be a touch thinner necked. But this holds minimal value when the QR ewe is quite simply the lowest performing female that is the poorest balanced and tightest structured, convincing me she should offer the least longevity and profitably to any progressive club lamb operation.


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