How do your Animals Compare? Page 3
Narrow rib cage, narrow
stance, and narrow
shoulders of a ewe on a
well-known farm in
The minimum  acceptable
stance and breast bone
shape with decent muscling
filling in the sides of the
chest of a ewe from that
same farm in Iceland,
though conformation is still
just a bit narrow for meat
A very good chest.
Wide, fully muscled.  
(Will have a better
picture after she is
sheared!) At 105cm,
her chest is equal to
some of the rams in
the AI stations in
Iceland.  This is our
own "
In the picture above is a genetically
inferior ewe (unimproved), not starved,
not parasite laden, displaying the
conformation typical of the sheep in
Iceland over the twelve centuries of
Iceland's history. Narrow, high peaked
shoulders & hips, poor eye muscle
shape, with pathetically undermuscled
thighs and rump.
Roughly equivalent to the average
quality North American ewe in 2003.  
Needs more breadth in shoulders and
hips, & her back is generally
undermuscled, showing the spinal
process (loin eye muscling score is about
a "3").
A reasonably well-muscled ewe in her
back and legs. Her shoulders are
somewhat narrow, her chest could be
deeper, and she needs more muscle in her
rump (which is the area from her tail
level to the points of her upper hip
bones.) The ewe's rump to the left of her
has more muscle.
The superb ewes of Stora Armott, Iceland.  These ewes are not fat, but are well
muscled.  Note the deep chest, the muscling nicely filling the area in the crotch
under their tail, the perfect backs, and the well muscled rumps. Also, their
shoulders and chest are well balanced (just slightly narrower width-wise) with their
hips. Although the muscling in their legs is good, one could hope for even a little
more thickness & roundness in  the thigh muscling.
Compare with our own
"Tuligirl's muscling on the previous page and also see below.
An unacceptible chest. Leg
stance is wide, but  
structure of the breast bone
itself is far too narrow,
and the muscling is in-
adequate. Correctible for
future generations by
breeding to a ram
with a wide, fully
muscled chest.
A very good ewe on our farm;
improved with AI genetics from
Iceland. This is a daughter of AI sire
MOLUR, carefully fed to be in top
condition for lambing.  Excellent back
and leg muscling.  Altho it is broad and
well muscled, her chest could be a little