[Jacob-list] fused 4 horns
buffgeese at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 22 07:35:46 EST 2005
Juliet and all,
I love 4-horned Jacobs. The fact that both parents have nothing remotely resembling a seam front or back on either of their horns suggests that they are both 2-horned. It is good to know that there is a post-mortem close analysis of a sheep that does show multi-horns that never display as even a slight seam.
The dam is a product of me breeding 2 4-horned animals together. In my usual "luck", I wind up with the 25% chance (when both parents are heterozygous multi-horned) that offspring are 2-horned.
The sire was a ram lamb that came off the coast of Maine a year and a half ago, so parentage on him is unknown. He has a typical hornset seen in fully-fused 4-horned rams, and I have looked countless times hoping to see a seam. In fact, I wouldn't have made the trek back to Maine this past spring had he been a 4-horned boy (although the trip was fabulous and I wound up with several nice animals from the trip). His offspring last year didn't suggest that he was anything but a 2-horned ram. I happen to like the boy, so won't do any post-mortems on him anytime soon. I will have to check my breeding sheet to see if he was bred to any other ewes with 2 horns this past fall (the girls self-selected their boyfriends for the season). I will be watching them closely.
Mary Ellen Hansson, MEd, RD, LDN
Jacob Sheep: Lambs, adults, wool
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