St. Croix ram selection is the most important decision in a seedstock breeding program. This is because a ram has far more potential to change the genetics of a flock than a ewe. We own three registered St. Croix rams in 2022 and will retain three ram lambs from which to select future sires.
Registration #14415 – Noah of Goshen Hill – born 04/24/2016 – Single, White, Polled. Noah is a long, tall St. Croix ram with good conformation. We would like him to have a bit more muscle and a wider frame. Noah was bred on the Grace & Joy Farm in Kentucky. He is a grandson of the well known “Adonis” from River Bend Ranch (RBR 53), who was the Grand Champion ram at the Oregon State Fair in 2009. He has sired seven of our breeding ewes.
Registration #15856 – Ebenezer 1012 of 737 – born 03/04/2018 – Single, White, Polled. He is a muscular St. Croix ram with good conformation and good feet. We would like him to be a bit longer in the loin and to shed out a bit cleaner and faster. He comes to us from Ebenezer Farm‘s Eddie Martin, one of the most recognized names in the St. Croix Hair Sheep community, who has been breeding these sheep almost as long as they have been available in the U.S.A. We have retained six of his daughters, and used his son, Titan, for the 2021 fall breeding season.
Registration #16950 – Cross Creek 468-0189 – born 11/21/2020 – Single, White, Polled. This St. Croix ram is still coming into his own, but has demonstrated adequate growth, and good length of body. He comes to us from Karen Fogarty of Cross Creek Farm in Alabama. CC covered six of our ewes in our fall 2021 breeding season, so his lambs’ performance will tell us what we need to know.
“Titan” – Registration #17370 – Melwood Farm 2115 Titan – born 2/16/2021 – Twin, White, Polled. In addition, our homegrown top performing St. Croix ram lamb, Titan, covered eight ewes in October 2021, before he died in a tragic accident. This ram lamb was a fast grower, built almost perfectly, and shed out cleanly in his first summer. We had big plans for him, but hope that he passed his traits down to 2022’s spring lambs.