"Charolais" NMI-877E, homozygous white, triplet. Born March 26, 2017. 48% AI, 30 AI sires in his bloodline, including Raftur, Visir, Mjaldur, Grani, Lodi, Sekkur, Bramli, Aboti, Gari, Laekur, Hunn, Keli, Pristur, Foli, Galsi, Garpur, and many others. (Note that he carries the genetics of what the Icelanders consider as four of the best rams in Iceland's history: Garpur, Laekur, Raftur, and Visir.) Born a triplet, but has a very fast growth rate, weighing a hefty 117 lbs. @ 5 1/2 months of age which is 20% heavier than the average twin AI sire as a lamb. His conformation is of medium height, but is very thick and exceptionally muscled. As a lamb at 7 weeks of age, his back was bulging with muscle...one could call it (if this score actually existed) a "5 1/2 out of 5 score" in muscle shape and thickness. With ultrasound testing at 6 months, it appears his eyemuscling (which is what the Icelanders call the oval/round muscle in the loinchop) was an astounding 38mm, which is likely to even outdo the superb muscling of his sire Angus, whose eye muscle thickness of 40mm at 8 months was better than almost all of the very best of the best sires in the 3 AI semen collection facilities in Iceland when measured at 18 months!! (The average loin eye muscle thickness of 18 month old rams in the semen collection facilities of Iceland when I did the study was 36 mm. See Angus's eyemuscling here. 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 Charolais' sire Angus to outclass THEM is truly an accomplishment, and for Charolais to outclass his own sire is even more amazing!) Charolais' leg muscling is also exceptional, possibly having inherited his dam's incredible leg muscling...the best I have seen in the world on ANY sheep, ram or ewe, of ANY breed...even putting the Texel rams advertised in the Sheep industry magazine advertisements to shame!! (See Tuligirl's leg muscling here.) Charolais' neck is very short and very thick, his shoulders are very wide and very powerful. Wool is very thick and very fine.
How did I come to my conclusion concerning the excellence of Charolais' and Angus' back muscling and conformation statistics? I went through the published statistics of five years worth of measurements done by the Icelanders' of the rams selected out of their national herd who would then be quartered at the nations' three semen collection facilities for the purpose of farming their semen. The nation's very best rams are selected for this. I averaged the measurements and characteristics of the five years of statistics and came up with an average of the ram lambs in the 4.5 to 5.5 month age bracket, as well as the rams in the 1.5 year (18 month) age group, then had a veterinarian bring an ultrasound machine to my farm to measure the eyemuscling of each of my own rams and ram lambs. (I myself was taught how to do this in Iceland.)
The "standard" I calculated out of five years worth of the Icelander's statistics of the attributes of their finest rams when evaluated at 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 months of age was the following:
Charolais' weight was 20% higher than the average, and his eyemuscle thickness was far superior, as were his chest dimensions. The broadness of his back was very very close to the average for AI sires as lambs. He seems to have inherited one undesireable attribute of his ancestor Visir though, which is the propensity to carry a fat layer thicker than Iceland's ideal of 2mm, but it is still at a level that is very acceptible. (Two AI sires that were carrying an exceptional amount of fat were "Haengur" at 13mm, and Bambi, whose fat layer was not published by the Icelanders.) For the 2018 breeding season, Charolais is likely to be bred to Dierdre. The lambs will be 52% AI and have an incredible 44 different AI sires in their background! Why is so much AI genetics a good thing? Click here!