I've been very interested to read on other folks blogs discussions about Shetland breed standards. This year I'm lucky enough to have some ram lambs that I consider nice enough to sell on as breeding animals. However, I have some reservations about one of their tails...
This is Smali Big Wig. I think he's a super lamb, but I'd be interested to hear other opinions.
"Wiggy" has a very correct little fluke tail: short with wool at the top and hair at the tip.
Then there's Braeface who is beautiful in everyway and has the softest grey fleece, but has sadly inherited his mother's tail...
Rosy is a lovely ewe in many ways and I'm happy to have her in the flock. If it weren't for that tail!
Worryingly she has passed it on to her son.
Sure it's woolly at the top, hairy at the tip, but it's a big long and chunky... isn't it? Or am I being overly critical?
When I compare this tail to the likes of Carlin who is also growing into a nice lad with a very fine fleece (but of the shorter staple length type I think) it does make me think that it is on the large side!
Sullivan of course is just a wonderful big strapping lad. I hope that there are some yuglet fans out there. I'm going to be taking the photos to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh on Friday to see if I can drum up any interest in my stock. I can't wait to see the Shetland Showing... lots of photos to come :o)
Kate wonders why all this fuss over the boys when I have lovely girls like her!