Flock History

History of Anchorage Farm Romney Flock

Banklea 639 photo: Richard A. Brown

Banklea 639 photo: Richard A. Brown

This Romney flock began in 1981 at Wethersfield Farm in Amenia NY, under the flock name Wethersfield, with the purchase of 3 ewes from Brenda Bothe (NJ) and of a ram from Peter and Patty Drape (NY).

In 1992 we moved to a 250-year old farm in Saugerties, NY and changed the flock name to Anchorage to go with the  name of our new place.

Bullock 0406

Bullock 0406

Additions of white ewes since 1981: in 1982, one Sattler (MI); in 1984, one Oaklawn (MI);in 1985, two Kessi (OR); 1987, eight Judah (WA); in 1988, fourteen Bellairs (MI), 3 Loesch (MI), 2 Gavin (MI), 1 DeBano (MT), 1 Williams (MI); in 1989, two Judah (WA); 1992, two North Star (VT), 1 Rogue Romney (OR) and 13 Judah (WA); in 1994, three Judah (WA) and 11 Running Battle (NY); in 1995, five Marsh (MA); in 1996, one Bolton (NY); in 1997, one Gavin (MI); in 1998, twenty-six Nudd, 2 Guild, 2 Allou (NY), 1 Bristle (MI), 1 Sandhill (Ullman); in 1998, one Bullock (WA), 1 Kikitangeo (Imp NZ); in 2005, eight ewes from Pin Oak Farms (OR). The North Star and Running Battle ewes were nearly all Judah first or second generation. In 2011, 1 ewe from SOR (OR) and 1 ewe from Smiling Sheep Farm (NH). In 2012 we added 1 white color-carrying ewe from Applewood Acres (NY).

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Pitchfork Ranch 461 photo Graeme Stewart

 

Banklea 390

Banklea 390

Natural-colored ewes: in 1995, one Rozalia (MA); in 1996, one Weymouth Walk (NJ); in 1997, nine Bellairs (MI) and 2 Weymouth Walk (NJ); in 1998, one Sears (OR), 1 Sand Hill (Hordyk) (WA).

Anchorage 280-03 ram

Anchorage 280-03 ram

 

Tresco 360

Tresco 360

White rams: in 1985, Sassafras Meadow Apollo (KY); in 1987, Judah 667-86 (WA),  “Henry!” the 1987 National Champion.  He was a son of the Judahs’ imported Offord ram; in 1992, Springfield 921 (MD); in 1994, Running Battle 92-039 (NY) ; in 1995, Green Corner 226/93 Tw (Imp NZ)*; in 1998, Kia Ora 203/96 (Imp NZ); in 2000, Bullock 9906 (WA); in 2002, Banklea 390/01 (Imp NZ); in 2005, Banklea 639/03 (Imp NZ); in 2005, Bullock 0460** (WA); in 2009, Barnes 8082 (OR); in 2010, Morton 0048*** (RI); in 2013, Pitchfork Ranch 729-13 Tw (MI)  ; in 2016  Smiling Sheep Farm 145-15 (NH)

By artificial insemination, Offord 336/98 NZ  in 2000 and 2001; Tresco 360/02 Triplet in 2007.

* The Green Corner ram was Res. Ch hogget in a class of ninety  and in first pair at the Wairarapa Show  ** Bullock 0460 was ARBA National Ch. 2005   *** Morton 0048 was Res. Ch ARBA National show 2011;

Offord 336/98 was same-year half-brother (sire side) to Offord 693/98, who was Ch. Romney hogget at the 1999 NZAS Royal Show and Supreme Ch. wool breeds

a brother of the sire of Kia Ora 203/96 was Ch. at the NZAS Royal Show

 

 

Weymouth Walk 0206 "Arjuna"

Weymouth Walk 0206 “Arjuna”

 

Green Corner 226-93 Tw Imp NZ

Green Corner 226-93 Tw Imp NZ

Natural-colored rams: in 1995 Weymouth Walk 9321B (NJ) ; in 1997, Silver Creek 557-93B (AI) Tw (OR); in 2003, Weymouth Walk 0206 (NJ); in 2005 Pitchfork Ranch 388 Tw (MI); in 2007 Pitchfork Ranch 461-07 (MI); in 2010, Tawanda Farms X001 (CA); in 2013 Pitchfork Ranch 721-13B   (MI); in 2014 SORB 207  (OR); in 2015 Tawanda Farms W14 (Sangria)   and Tawanda Farms Y 077 (Cary), two recessively-colored rams from California;  in 2016 SORB 165 (OR by way of MI)

In fall 2016 we have used the following rams: Tawanda Farms W14 (Sangria)   Tawanda Farms Y 077 (Cary)   SORB 165   Smiling Sheep Farm 145/15    Anchorage 1378-15

In the years  1999-2014 we have weaned close to 1200 purebred Romney lambs, 50.3% males.  The male:female ratio varied a lot  year to year from a low of 0.78 to a high of 1.38.  Overall, birth types (by ewe giving birth) were distributed as follows: singletons 31%, twins 59%, triplets or quads 10%.  Quads (5 sets in all) were uncommon. We had only two sets in which all survived.  Not counting three years when AI had been done in September,  the  earliest first live birth was January 22.  Results from 2014. 2015 and 2016  are presented on the Health page.