Grey Pet — Foundation Ewe

by Susan Briggs (2006)

When I first saw Grey Pet (STS140Z), her great width and girth is what struck me as well as her lovely grey color and excellent horns. She had been born in Iceland and brought in with the second importation by Stefania. She was bred by Orn Bergsson and was born on May 8th 1990 . Her sire was Fifill 1026-01 and dam is Drynja 1026-20. Nothing else is known about her pedigree.

She always stood out from the ewes at Stefania’s farm. Her extremely wide rumen was what really made you look twice at her. While wide rumens are generally the result of sheep having a poor quality high roughage diet, Grey pet’s rumen clearly was her natural conformation and trademark as her offspring and “grandchildren” all seemed to inherit this trait. She also had an unusual almost tog-less fleece. Her thel was dense but had little tog. She had 11 registered offspring. She sometimes skipped a year and didn’t lamb so was not as prolific as some ewes in Stefania’s flock but clearly left her mark on the breed through her offspring.

Image 01 of Grey Pet STS140Z in 1996 Image 02 of Grey Pet STS140Z in 1996 Image 03 of Grey Pet STS140Z in 1999 Image 04 of Grey Pet STS140Z in 1999

The following table shows the registered Icelandic offspring of Grey Pet (STS140Z)...

Name Number Sex
YEOMAN EWE B2C 523L -[CAN]551123-S Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE B5H 252J -[CAN]517639-NH Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE GREY 119C -447293- Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE MOORIT 365E -466711- Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE O1H 709G -490516- Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE O1H 710G -490517- Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE WHITE 138B -432375- Female/femelle
YEOMAN EWE WHITE 159D -458551- Female/femelle
YEOMAN RAM GREY 118C -443996- Male/mâle
YEOMAN RAM GREY 366E -466712- Male/mâle
YEOMAN RAM WHITE 160D -458552- Male/mâle

Early on I was lucky enough to purchase one of her offspring from Stefania, STS366E “Ray Pet” (we named him after Stefania’s husband Ray) a black grey ram lamb whose sire was STS167C a spotted moorit ram. At that time there were very few spotted moorits in North America and we breeders were all trying hard to breed for this color and pattern. While Ray Pet (STS366E) was grey I knew that he carried both moorit and spotting through his sire and hoped that he would throw it to some of his lambs. Ray Pet inherited both the large rumen as well as the togless fleece. The fleece was soft but didn’t look very good in the field.

Ray pet also inherited the togless fleece of his dam Grey Pet (STS140Z). While Ray Pet’s horns looked excellent at the time we bought him and were uniform they eventually started getting too close and growing into his head and had to be cut. He has 28 registered offspring. I sadly don’t have any of his genetics left in my flock. But he lives on the flocks of others.

Image 01 of Ray Pet STS366E Image 02 of Ray Pet STS366E Image 03 of Ray Pet STS366E Image 04 of Ray Pet STS366E

The following table shows the registered Icelandic offspring of Ray Pet (STS366E)...

Name Number Sex
MAURICE 001H -[CAN]516773- Male/mâle
SRX EWE 01H 268H -[CAN]506421- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B2H 108H -[CAN]506479- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B2H 267H -[CAN]506420- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B2H MELKORKA 55F -477943- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B5H 149G -[CAN]491440- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B5H 177G -[CAN]491459- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B5H 54F -477973- Female/femelle
SRX EWE B5SH 98H -[CAN]506457- Female/femelle
SRX EWE M5SH 155G -[CAN]491444- Female/femelle
SRX EWE O1H 146G -[CAN]491439- Female/femelle
SRX EWE O1H 151G -[CAN]491442- Female/femelle
SRX RAM B23H 132G -[CAN]491429- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B2H 128H -[CAN]506408- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B2H 190G -[CAN]491467- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B2H 206G -[CAN]491480- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B2H 214G -[CAN]491483- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B2H 53F -477972- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B3H 131G -[CAN]491428- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B3H 57F -477967- Male/mâle
SRX RAM B5SH 202G -[CAN]491478- Male/mâle
SRX RAM M2H 100H -[CAN]506478- Male/mâle/mâle
SRX RAM O1H 150G -[CAN]491441- Male/mâle
SRX RAM O1H 168G -[CAN]491468- Male/mâle
SRX RAM O1H 176G -[CAN]491458- Male/mâle
SRX WOODRUFF 1H 29F -477958- Male/mâle
WALKER FORKS BLACKB5H38H -[CAN]495402- Male/mâle
WALKER FORKS GREYB2H 39H -[CAN]495403- Female/femelle