Ivory came from Painted Rock Farm along with Mayapple quite a few years ago. She is the daughter of Puddleduck Cascade – a handsome old ram who sired many nice lambs and has quite a few registered decedents, including Ivory.
Puddleduck Cascade, ivory’s sire.
Ivory is one of those ewes who might not look like much to someone else, but she is one of my favorites – especially when it comes to production. She almost always has beautiful twins and raising them exceedingly well without dropping an ounce of condition herself.
Ire, one of Ivory’s 2013 twin ewes.
Ivory is almost the most obsessive mother I’ve ever seen – if you pick up an Ivory lamb you know almost immediately, because she will come running and stand on your feet until you give it back to her! Even if that lamb is a 3 month old (independent) monster – Ivory will leave her grain and come bawling to have it back.
Another interesting fact about Ivory – she has never been wormed before. She is 10 years old this spring and has never looked better – to be honest, I’ve never seen her without her trademark table top back – her lambs always follow suit.
If I could clone Ivory, I would have the perfect flock of production ewes – she combines all the traits I think a good breeding ewe (of ANY breed) should have – excellent mothering ability, parasite resistance, heavy milking ability, adaptability and the production of fast growing, quality lambs. And as a bonus, she is a real sweetie – so long as you don’t mess with her lambs 🙂