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.

Enjoy the photos!

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