Her Scottish name, Kaeleigh, is pronounced Kaylee. This beautiful young lady is 3 and just had her first cria on 6/7/23, needing no assistance. It amazes me how the good Lord gave maternal instincts. She is a REALLY good momma and stands so still to allow her little GIRL to nurse. Kaeleigh was bred last spring to true black Antonio. What COLOR did we get?? She's a gorgeous medium brown with black extremities, exactly what we ordered! (Ha!) If she were a horse I'd call her a bay and so my husband suggested to name her Bayleigh. You can see some of her first baby steps in the video in the right column.
Look at Kaeleigh's EPD in the side bar! Fantastic fleece qualities! Not only is she in the top 18% of fineness (AFD & SF), but in the top 2% of staple length and the top 2% of fleece weight! Fineness + heavy fleece weight = density in my book!
Mama Kaeleigh just got sheared. I haven't had time yet to weigh all her fleece but I don't know that I've ever had an animal that sheared SO MUCH! What do Kaeleigh's 2022 EPD stats mean? They indicate what she will likely contribute to fleece characteristics:TOP 18% in the nation!
Avg Fiber Diameter (AFD) will likely decrease by -1.109, very good! TOP 28% in the nation!
Standard Deviation of AFD will decrease by -0.217, good! Top 11% in the nation!
Spin Fineness (SF) will decrease by -1.12, nice! Top 18% in the nation!
% of Fibers > 30 micron will decrease by -4.123, amazing!
Mean Curve (MC) of fiber will increase by 1.124, super! (34%)
% Medullation (M) will increase by .217, (the full impact of medullation in fleece remains a question at this point in time.)Top 2% in the nation!
Mean Staple Length (MSL) will increase by 4.395, stunning! Top 2% in the nation!
Fleece Weight (FW) will increase by 0.867, nice!
Kaeleigh is from our foundation dam, Vanora, one of the best animals on our farm with year after year of phenomenal EPDs. Her sire is Grazing Hills Bradford, who also has great EPDs, especially for fineness. We expected that Kaeleigh would have nice fiber and she is showing us we were spot on!
She is pure white, she has a beautiful head and has shaped up well in the conformation department with straight topline and straight legs. Her fleece is exceptionally soft, L-O-N-G, and crimpy with HEAVY coverage. We are expecting her to develop into quite the queen and we plan (or you can plan!) to use her as a foundation dam. We have very high expectations in what she will produce for the farm.