Thoughts about sustainable agriculture and forestry from the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Genetics are weird
Check out this photo of a lamb that was born in our flock this week. The ewe is a Coopworth-Bluefaced Leicester cross (or a Coopworth "mule") and the ram is a Border Cheviot - both of them are white sheep. This lamb has what are called "badger" markings.
The Border Cheviot breed includes a recessive gene for this coloration. There is a breed from Wales that has white wool and facial markings like this lamb - a Welsh Mountain Badger Face.