2017 Breeding Rams
      "ANGUS MAXIMUS," #NMI-61D. (CLRC# 727750) Homozygous white,
Single. Sire;
"Green Ears," Dam; "Tuligirl."
50% AI, with 30 AI sires in his family tree, including Tuli, Foli, Galsi,
Mjaldur, Horvi, Bramli, Laekur, Prudur {94-834}, Aboti, and many others,
with
Raftur, Grani, Lodi, and Visir making up the biggest percentage.
      Named "Angus Maximus" because he was so broad, deep, and well
rounded at birth.
      His growth rate as a lamb was exceptional.
      His neck is short and thick, his shoulders are broad and rounded, not
peaked. His chest & back are broad, his hips are exceptionally broad, and
he is very heavily muscled. His back muscling rates a perfect "5" in shape
and seems especially thickly muscled with very little fat like his sire.         
When he is scored at 1 1/2 years of age, using ultrasound and the same
criteria as the Icelanders use, I suspect his back may rate a perfect "10"
score, which denotes 2mm of fat, 40mm eyemuscle (loin muscle)
thickness, and a score of "5" in shape...we shall see!
[Well, I was wrong!!
Angus's muscling was
better than I thought!  He suffered an eye injury and
had to be put down at 8 months of age, so I thought I'd see what his loin
eye muscling really measured, which you can see in the picture below. His
eye muscle thickness at
8 months was better than most of the very best of
the
best sires in the AI semen collection facilities in Iceland when
measured at
18 months!!  The Icelandic agricultural department purchases
the best of the breed in order to farm their semen for distribution to farms
throughout Iceland in order to improve the national flock. So for Angus to
outclass THEM is truly an accomplishment! The average loin eye muscle
thickness of 18 month old rams in the semen collection facilities of
Iceland is 36 mm.]
       One place where one would expect to find a fair layering of fat is the
chest, but Angus's chest is rock hard with muscle, which follows the
characteristic of the Raftur line whose hallmark is exceptional leanness.
(Very low fat content or very thin fat layer.)
        He should provide exceptionally muscled offspring.  
      Apparently he has not inherited his mother's incredible leg muscling to
the degree that she possesses (see her picture below), however his leg
muscling is very definitely thicker and deeper than the norm, and his
muscling will continue to develop as he matures.
        Like his sire, his wool is very thick and fine, but UNLIKE his sire, his
personality is very calm and compliant.
      I will likely breed him to a ewe that has had birthing experience,
rather than a ewelamb, as I want to minimize the possibility of birthing
issues due to his exceptionally broad and deep conformation.
NOTE: I bred Angus to his dam, see his lambs. Angus is no longer with us.
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The amazing and possibly unequaled leg
muscling of Angus' dam,
"Tuligirl."