Icelandic sheep are registered with the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation. To search the pedigree of any registered Icelandic sheep, go to their website: http://www.clrc.ca
ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) has devised a method which codes the sheep colors, patterns, spotting and also whether they are horned or polled. This code can be incorporated into part of the animal's registered name and is a way for breeders to tell what that sheep looks like. The more that breeders cooperate in using this code, the better these records will help all breeders assess the lineage of the sheep. The code is as follows:
For COLOR, choose "B" for black "M" for moorit "O" if you can't tell base color because sheep is white
For PATTERN, choose one or two, depending on what you see "1" for white "2" for grey "3 for badgerface "4" for mouflon "5" for solid
For SPOTTING use "S" for spotted put nothing if no spots are exhibited
For HORNS use"P" for polled "H" for horned "C" for scurs
RECORD ONLY WHAT YOU SEE!!
To register a lamb with CLRC you would first have your farm's prefix. For our farm Lavender Fleece, our prefix is "LF." You can record a name for the sheep. Then you record its gender and then the genetic color code. For instance our ram Caesar's recorded CLRC registration would look like this: LF ram B2H B for black color; 2 for grey pattern and H because he has horns.
To be registered with CLRC all sheep must have ear tattoos. In the animal's right ear you would tattoo your flock code. Ours is LF. In the animal's left ear you record his 'number and the year code for the year it was born. The year 2001 was "L " and Caesar was the first Icelandic lamb born on our farm in 2001. So his tattoo is LF 1L. The year 2002 will be an "M" year.
A polled white ewe would be recorded as 01P A horned badgerface moorit would be recorded as M3H A scurred black grey mouflon would be recorded as B24C and so on...
Coding for the ewe at left is 01H ("O" for no color showing; "1" for white and "H" for horns)
Coding for the ewe at right is B5P ("B" for black; "5" for solid; & "P" for polled)
Coding for the ewe at left is M3SP ("M" for moorit; "3" for badgerface; "S" for spot; & "P" for polled)
Coding for the ewe lamb at right is M5H ("M" for moorit; "5" for solid; "H" for horns)
If you ever have any questions about coding your Icelandic sheep for registration, please feel free to contact me for help. You can email me anytime. For new breeders coding is one of the biggest questions that they have and I am more than happy to help you with this.
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