2020-2021 Sheep Breeding, Lambing Records and Management Goals

Our continuing goal is to monitor and maintain two different lines of sheep based on the lineage of two different rams.  During the past few seasons (2019 & 2020), we have used Bellwether Winston #515 to continue and enhance the WINSTON line and a younger ram, Knoll Acres Ivan #1601 to form the IVAN line.

However in 2019, we have acquired a young new ram, Springwood Ebb #5052, purchased from Pam Hand.  Ebb brings us some new genetics as well as carried RR genes for scrapie resistance.  Now in the 2020-2021 season, we will use Ebb with a selected group of ewes to form the EBB line phasing out and replacing the Ivan line.  Ivan was sold January 2020 to a neighbor and will no longer be used in breeding at Knoll Acres.

Due to the size of our facilities, we limit the number of breeding ewes that we try to carry each year.  We have found that an optimal number of ewes ranges between 8-10 with the ewes divided between the breeding lines.

In October of 2017, we did some testing on our flock and took blood samples from our breeding stock.  Testing for the presence of OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) was negative for each sheep.  We also tested for Scrapie Susceptibility via Codon 171.  Based on that testing most of our breeding ewes were QQ (highly susceptible), however we have not seen any evidence of Scrapie in our flock.  As noted below, Winston’s 131 codon is RR (resistant to scrapie).  Consequently his son’s and daughters all tested QR (moderately susceptible).

On February 19, 2020, a local veterinarian, Dr. Todd Wiseman, conducted ultrasound pregnancy checks on our ewes.  His diagnosis included number of fetuses in utero as well as potential delivery dates.  Those estimates are indicated below following each ewe.  Time events will judge the accuracy of the predictions!

Knoll Acres Rams

WINSTON Line

Winston

Sire: Bellwether Winston, DOB: July 14, 2013.  Registry Number: BWF07133387BB.  Tag #515

 Winston’s Parentage:  Sire: Bellwether Levi, BWF04081400BB; Dam: Bellwether Uganda, BWF09102118BB

Winston’s Pedigree

Recent (Oct 2017) testing for OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) showed Winston was negative based on ELISA serum test; testing done by HRAHL (Regional Animal Health Laboratory, Virginia Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services).  Based on Codon 171 (Scrapie Susceptibility), Winston has the RR (resistant) codon.  The codon testing was done by GenAlysis Laboratory.

 


EBB Line


Springwood Ebb #5052 (DOB: 4/17/2018), Twin.  Sire: Summer Hills’ CL Indiana Jones; Dam: Sunny Slope Brass.

Ebb was purchased from Pam Hand in 2019; tested negative for OPP and moved to Knoll Acres in the spring of 2019.

Registration # SPR04185762BB

Pedigree


Knoll Acres Ewes


Bellwether Clara

Registry Number: BWF03091711BB, Tag #0309320  PEDIGREE  Registered PROGENY

DOB: March 22, 2009; Sire: Teddy #BWF0302605P; Dam: Ginny #BWF0103741

OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) testing: negative

Codon 171 testing for Scrapie Susceptibility: QQ

Lambing Record

  • 2010 Single ram lamb
  • 2011 Twins: ram and ewe lambs
  • 2012 Twins: ram and ewe lambs
  • 2013 Twins: ewe lambs
  • 2014 Single ram lamb
  • 2015 Twins: ram lambs
  • 2016 Twins: ram and ewe lambs
  • 2017 Twins: ram & ewe lambs
  • 2018: Twins: ram & ewe lambs (Sire: Winston)
  • 2019 (3/21): Single ram lamb (Sire: Winston) 
  • 2020 (4/14): Single ewe lamb (Sire: Winston)
  • 2021 (Exposed to Winston: 10/1/20 – 11/21/20)

Knoll Acres Helen

Registry Number: KAS01122691BB, Tag # 63 / 0122

DOB: January 19, 2012; Sire: Bellwether Leonardo #BWF03091727BB; Dam: Knoll Acres Candy #KAS02112366BB

OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) testing: negative

Codon 171 testing for Scrapie Susceptibility: QQ

Lambing Record

  • 2013 Single ewe lamb
  • 2014 Single ewe lamb
  • 2015 Twins: ram & ewe lambs
  • 2016 Twins: ewe lambs
  • 2017 Twins: ewe lambs
  • 2018  Twins: ram & ewe lambs (Sire: Ivan)
  • 2019 (3/24): Twins: ram & ewe lambs (Sire: Ivan)
  • 2020 (4/25): Single ram lamb (Sire: Ivan)
  • 2021 (Exposed to Ebb: 10/1/20 – 11/21/20)

Knoll Acres Ivy

Registry Number: KAS03164702BBx, Tag # 1603 / 0253

DOB: March 2, 2016;

Sire: #1051 WVI-1; Dam: Knoll Acres Isabella, KAS05133393BB  (Birth from AI)

OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) testing: negative

Codon 171 testing for Scrapie Susceptibility: QQ

Lambing Record

  • 2017 Twins: ewe lambs
  •        2018 Twins: ewe/ram lambs (Sire: Winston)
  • 2019 (3/16): Triplets: one ram & two ewe lambs (Sire: Winston)
  • 2020 (4/13): One ewe lamb (Sire: Winston)
  • 2021 (Exposed to Ebb: 10/1/20 – 11/21/20)

Knoll Acres Cara

Registry Number: KAS05164709BB;

Tag # 1610 / 0239  DOB: May 5, 2016,

Sire: Bellwether Leonardo #BWF03091727BB;

Dam: Bellwether Clara #BWF03091711BB

OPP (Ovine Progressive Pneumonia) testing: negative

Codon 171 testing for Scrapie Susceptibility: QQ

Lambing Record

  • 2017 Single ram lamb
  • 2018 Twins: ram & ewe lambs (Sire: Ivan)
  • 2019 (4/1): Twins: ram & ewe lambs (Sire: Ivan)
  • 2020 (4/14): Triplets: two ram lambs and one ewe lamb (Sire: Winston)
  • 2021 (Exposed to Winston: 10/1/20 – 11/21/20)

Knoll Acres Ingrid

Registry Number: KAS03175162BB

Tag Number: 1707 / 0316  Pedigree

Date of Birth: March 28, 2017

Number in Birth: Twin

Lambing Record

  • 2018 Single: Ewe lamb
  • 2019 (3/23): Twins: ram lambs (Sire: Winston)
  • 2020 (4/18): Twins: ewe and ram lamb (Sire: Ebb)
  • 2021 (Exposed to Ebb: 10/1/20 – 11/21/20)

 

Springwood Elfin

#1054; Twin; DOB: 4/18/2018

Registration # SPR04185761BB

Pedigree

 

  • 2020 (4/16) Twins: ram lambs (Sire: Winston)
  • 2021 (Exposed to Winston: 10/1/20 – 11/21/20)

Knoll Acres Carol

#2002 / 0262; Single: DOB: 4/14/2020

Registration # KAS04206313BB

Pedigree


Knoll Acres Isis

#2005 / 0257; Twin; DOB 4/18/2020

Registration # KAS04206316BB

Pedigree