Lots of warm sunshine, apple blossoms and busy bees at Mud Ranch!
I took some recent photos of my two yearling rams I retained from last year – mainly because I liked the sweep of their horns but overall are both something I am proud to have produced. The first, Vincent, is my favorite – I like his structure and coloring.
The second is Sheldon, the sweep of his horns is neater to me – a little wider (sweep is the description of how wide the horns are sweeping away from his face – the way they curve.) I also like his facial markings as they’re pretty interesting, kind of like the Phantom of the Opera – Hubby calls him “Buster.”
It is often thought that breeding for two-horned Jacobs is easier than four horned because there is so much that can go wrong with the four horned sheep (fusing, where two horns grow together; tightness; and strange angles where they project forward tipping horns or grow back in to the sheep itself) and while the four horned can be a challenge, the two-horned should also be considered when breeding. Tightness to the face can be a problem and a nice wide horn-set and a wide head is something I look for. And while most people prefer the four horned, I believe the two-horned variety (when given a nice wide sweep) can be just as stunning.