AI Sire Descriptions

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Here is where you will find information on all our AI (artificial insemination)Sires, past and present. Their names, ages, history, and qualities. For the 2014 breeding season we used seven really excellent farm rams, plus semen imported from Iceland.   The AI sires used this year are KALDI, GRAMMAN, SALAMON, VALI, SOKKI,  and MYRKVI.    You can view all of our current sires on our Breeding Rams page.

Southram - South Iceland Sheep Breeding Centre- exports frozen semen from the finest Icelandic rams to the U.S.

Explanation of Scoring and Measurements

The set of numbers are given for individual body parts.  They are in this order:  Head, Neck & Shoulders, Chest, Back, Rump, Leg, Wool, Feet, and Overall Conformation & Body Length.  The scores are based on a range of 1-10 except the legs which are 1-20.  An average score is 80.0.

Explanation of Scores



ABOTI 02-893

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ABOTI

Description:  Aboti Iceland sire 02-893, white horned, Excellent wide hornset

Conformation score 82, eye muscle 28mm, backfat 5mm eye muscle 3;

Very high wool quality score 9,

High milking dam (7.8)

   

Alfur -- AI Ram

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ALFUR - 03-960

Alfur is a white horned ram with ram scores as follows:

head 8, neck/shoulders 8, chest 8.5, back 8.5, rump 9, leg 17, wool 8.5, feet 8, harmony 8, total 83.5.

His mother scored 6.9 and his daughters' fertility scores are, 3-year olds, 2.5 lambs, 2-year old, 1.58 lambs, yearlings 1.07 lambs.  The BLUP scores for his offspring (out of 100):  muscling, 120, leanness 120, composite meat score 120, daughters fertility 96, milkiness 106.

   

BAMBI

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Bambi: Ram #95-829.  Horned, dark moorit.  Good looking head, well muscled neck and shoulders.  Back, loin and thighs score adequate.  Straight feet.  Good  overall conformation and strikingly good temperament.  Thick eye muscle (39mm).  Wool quantity near average.  Tog is a bit coarse, thel is very soft.  Bambi is "near to average in all abilities..."  "Some of his progenies have come out excellently."  This speaks well for him considering the Icelanders emphasize white animals and concentrate their improvement efforts mainly on them.  "Bambi is an AI sire mainly for his color, and should improve breeding of the colored sheep."  Scored 81.5 out of 100.

Results

Bambi was progeny tested at Hóll Farm in Melrakkaslétta in 1998 and result was following; 94 for meat quality, 99 for lambs or total of 96 points (average=100), eye muscle thickness 25,6 mm (H), back fat 3,2 mm, thighs 15,8 points, meat grading 6,65 points and dressing weight 16,12 kg.

   

BESSI 99-851

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BESSI

Points 2000: 8 - 8 - 9 - 8,5 - 9 - 17,5 - 8 - 8 - 8 = 84,0 points

Ultrasound 2000: Eye muscle thickness 33 mm, back fat thickness 3 mm, eye muscle shape 4 (H)

Description: Bessi is white, horned with good curving. The head is not broad. Shoulders are broad with good muscling. The chest is wide and conformation excellent. The back is muscled and broad. Loins are very muscular and gigots are excellently shaped, the muscle thick and deep. Feets are strong and well placed. Bessi has average body length and is a vigorous looking sire.

Wool EE: Tan on feets, black stripes in horns. No tan or black fibers in the fleece. Average quantity, fine thog, even and curled but a bit shorter on back. The fleece is very white and lustrous.

Results: Bessi was absolutely the best lamb sire evaluated in South Iceland in the autumn 1999. Bessi was progeny tested by SOUTHRAM in 2000 and he was superior compared to the other sires in the test. In male lamb comparison he scored 115 points for meat qualities, 131 points for lambs or 122 points in total score. He carries on weight, excellent carcass grading and leanness.

Bessi confirmed his excellent qualities in lamb evaluations this autumn by carrying on superb eye muscle thickness and muscle shape, leanness, great gigot muscling and excellent carcass grading.

 

   

BLAEVAR 90-974

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Blaevar:   Ram # 90-974.  White but carries color, horned.  His horns have a tight curl.  His head is broad and his neck is thick and well muscled.  His back is strong, chest broad, deep and muscular.  Good leg muscle and straight feet.  His lambs tend to be born slightly smaller thanmost  and are very vigorous.  Blaevar's fleece has quite a bit of tan distributed though it. His wool is very soft, with fine tog.  Blaevar carries color.

Scores:   8--8--8.5--8.5--9--18--7.5--8.5--8= 84

   

BLETTUR AI Ram

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BletturScore 2006: 85,5 points
Ultrasound 2006: Eye muscle thickness 39 mm, back fat thickness 6,0 mm, muscle shape 5,0. (H)

Description:

Blettur is horned and grey spotted. Vigorous head with especially good horn curving. Very good rib shape, broad and muscular front body. Broad back and broad and very well muscled rump. Superb leg muscling. Very vigorous and beautiful ram.
Wool quantity well above average and even fleece. Curly and medium fine thog. Lustrous and good wool.
Blettur was progeny tested at Ytri-Skogar farm. His progenies have good eye muscle thickness, good meat grading and are overall well muscled with good conformation.
Blettur's daugthers have average prolificacy and milking abilities little below average.

Colour inheritance: Blettur carries moorit as well as grey and spotted so all colours are possible on Blettur's progenies.

For more information and photo of Blettur, click here:   BLETTUR

   

BRUNI

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BruniDescription: Bruni is white, light yellow on head and feet, his horns are coarse. His front body is round and he has excellent back muscling, loin is broad and well muscled. The leg muscle is thick but not deep.      

Production results: Production results: Bruni's lambs were shown i "get of sire" last fall and he got 103.2 in grade. His offspring's strongest points were good back muscles and little fat. For 9 production years of darghters Bruni gets 104 in grade.

   

Drifandi 11-895 AI sire

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DrifandiDrifandi: Black and horned with very good looking head. Muscular shoulders, wide chest and very good rib shape. Very well muscled back. Broad and well muscled rump. Excellent leg muscling. Very good looking and muscular ram.
Wool quantity well above average and thick fleece. Little bit of grey hairs in the fleece. Curly, medium fine and even thog.  Drifandi is a grandson of AI sires At and Grani.

Drifandi was bought for AI in 2012 after progeny testing at Hestur experimental farm resulting in very good eye muscle depth and shape as well as good dressing weight. His progenies have very good meat qualities, especially leanness as the sheep from Hestur is known for.
His daughters abilities are yet to be discovered but his indexes are promising concerning prolificacy and milking abilities.   

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DROPI -- AI RAM

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dropi#91975, born 1991, is also from the Hestur Station. He is white with speckles on the head and is horned. Dropi is described by the South Ram AI station as having a long, strong head with a broad neck well connected to the shoulder. The shoulder is well muscled but rather narrow. He has a broad wide chest, a muscular rack, and his leg is muscular, big and deep. His feet are thick and his gut is big. In summary, he is a powerful ram with excellent leg muscles. His fleece is white, fine and curly with average quantity. There is tan on the back of his head, his tail and up along his back. Dropi carries color.

 

   

FLOTTI 98-850

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FLOTTI Flotti: Ram # 98-850. Horned, white.  Eye muscle thickness 40mm (which is outstanding), back fat 4mm.  Southram says of him..."Very good looking  with well curved horns.  The neck is extremely broad and well connected to broad and muscled shoulders.  Great conformation and wide chest.  Excellent back muscling. Great muscling on loins.  Powerful thighs with thick, rounded and deep muscle.  Very strong feet and well placed.  Flotti was champion sire of Rangarvallasysla in 1999. Carries gray pattern, moorit color, and spotting.  Scored 84.5 points out of 100 on graded body parts.
   

GADDUR 04-950

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Gaddur - 04950



A homozygous white horned ram, scoring  85 total on the ram scale, head 8, neck/sh. 8.5, chest 8.5, back 9, rump 9, leg 17.5, wool 8, feet 8, symmetry 8.5.


His muscling BLUP is 119, leanness 114, composite meat score 116.  For daughters, fertility is 101 and milk 105.   Gaddur is a Kuldison and a Ljori grandson.

 

Points 2000: 8 - 8 - 9 - 8,5 - 9 - 17,5 - 8 - 8 - 8 = 84,0 points

   

Gandur 07-845 AI Sire

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GandurGandur is horned and gray. Vigorous head with good horn curving. Broad but a little bit coarse shoulders. Very good rib shape. Strong, broad and muscled back and superb rump muscling. Extremely good gigot muscling. Gandur is a very longbodied ram.   He  is a Grani-son, but otherwise mostly unrelated to the other current AI rams.
Grey with even and dark colour. Medium wool quantity. Thick thel and short thog.

Gandur was bought for AI after showing very good results at his birth farm. He carries on very good dressing weight as well as good meat qualities resulting in very good carcass grading.

Daughters:  Fertility- 103%    Milking abilities- 102%

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GRANI

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Grani

Grani is known for excellent carcass scores on his lambs, muscling 121/100, leanness, 115/100,

 

 

composite score 117, plus his daughters are fertile, and very milky, scoring 109/100!

   

GRIMUR

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Grimur

GRIMUR - 01928

Grimur is a horned, white ram born in 2001, is a Tuli son, the source of his wide and beautiful horns, and a grandson of the famous AI sire Garpur, 92-808.  Garpur's genetic effect is so strong that he appears often in the lineage of AI sires coming to the station.  Grimur has an overall score of 83.0, with neck and shoulders scoring 8.5, chest 8.5, back 8.0, rump 9.0, leg 17.5, wool 7.5 and overall harmony 8.0.  Grimur is heterozygous for pattern, carrying gray and spotting.  Grimur is now dead, but there are offspring scores coming in.  His lambs are grading very well, with leg muscling being particularly outstanding, muscling BLUP score of 119/100, leanness, 97, composite 106.  His daughters are scoring 106 for fertility and 101 for milkiness.  His mother was a very prolific milker, and Grimur's fleece has thick thel with little tog.  Grimur will bring muscling, excellent horn set, color, fleece and milk to your flock

   

GUFFI AI Ram

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Score 2008: 83,0 points
Ultrasound 2008: Eye muscle thickness 37 mm, back fat thickness 2,5 mm, muscle shape 4,5. (H)

Description:

GuffiGuffi is horned and white. Vigorous head with good horn curving. Broad and thick neck and good shoulder muscling. Rather wide chest. Well muscled back and muscled and rounded rump. Superb leg muscling. Longbodied and powerful ram.   Guffi is a grandson of AI ram Kveikur and great grandson of Flotti.
Tan on head and feets, some tan fibers in the fleece. Wool quantity above average and thick thel. Even and rather fine thog.

Guffi was bought after a big progeny test in Northeast Iceland. He had earlier been progeny tested at his birth farm resulting in very muscled progenies and great leanness. Those qualities were confirmed in the big progeny test. His progenies performed as earlier, had great conformation resulting in very good carcass grading.
Daughters:  Milking abilities- 103%    Fertility:  114%

Colour inheritance: Heterozygous white carrying black and spotted but not moorit.


   

HAENGUR 98-848

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HAENGUR 98-848 from Nýpugarðar farm, Mýrar, A-Skaftafellssýsla.;    Points 1999: 8 - 8 - 9,5 - 8,5 - 9,5 - 17,5 - 8 - 8 - 8,5 = 85,5 points

 

Ultrasound 1999: Eye muscle thickness 37 mm, back fat thickness 13 mm, eye muscle shape 3. (H)

Description: Hængur is white, horned, tan on head and feets. Head is vigorous. Shoulders a bit coarse but very muscular. Chest is extremely wide and conformation great. Back is strong, broad and muscular. Loins are broad and muscled. Gigots are well shaped, the muscle big and rounded. Strong and straight feets. Hængur is extremely muscular and longbodied sire.

Wool EE: Tan on head and feets with tan fibers scattered around the fleece. All colurs can be expected on Hængur´s progenies including spotted. Average quantity, rather shortwoolled with little thel on back. The thog rather fine but short. No black fibers were found.

Results: Hængur was judged champion sire of A-Skaftafellssýsla in 1999 and awarded as such. He was progeny tested at Nýpugarðar farm that autumn with following result: 142 points for meat qualities, 94 points for lambs and 118 points total score.

Hængur has produced lot of great lambs with good eye muscle thickness. He carries on leannesS as other son´s of Garpur 92-808. Carcass grading is great as well as his breeding index for meat qualities (130).

 

   

HERGILL 08-770

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Description:  Hergill is horned and white with powerful head with good horn curving. Very broad and extremely muscular shoulders and superb rib shape. Broad and muscled back and very broad and muscular rump. Extremely well shaped and thick gigot muscles. Hergill is very powerful and longbodied ram with superb conformation.

Tan on head, tail and feets with some tan fibers in the fleece. Medium wool quantity. Medium fine thog.

Hergill was bought for AI after a big progeny test in Northeast Iceland. He was first noticed in another big progeny test in 2009 showing extremely good results. He carries on superb meat qualities resulting in fantastic carcass grading. On the other hand his progenies only show average leanness. His progenies are very muscular with good overall conformation. Hergill has few daughter records so far but his daughters have shown prolificacy below average and milking abilities around average.  Hergill is rather little related to the most widely used AI rams most recent years.

 

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HUNN -- AI RAM

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HunnHunn is horned with coarse shoulders, wide chest and good conformation, back and loins are muscular, thighs well muscled. feet are strong. Hnn is long bodied and vigorous.
Wool

Lot of tan fibers all over the fleece but no black fibers were found. Wool quantity above average, lot of thel but coarse thog.

Results

Hunn was progeny tested at Hestur Experimental Farm in 1993. Result was following: thighs 3,79 points (scale 1-5), conformation 3,8 points, eye muscle area 15,38 cm2, rib fat 6,92 mm, dressing weight 16,2 kg which was 0,1 kg above average. 37,5% graded as prime.

   

HYLUR

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HylurWhite, horned. Beautiful head and very well curved horns. Round and muscular shoulders, broad chest and good conformation. Strong back and extremely muscular. Very well muscled loins and rump. Great and muscularly round shaped gigots. Feet straight and well placed. Hylur is long bodied, vigorous and very muscular ram. Wool White with no tan or black fibers. Wool quantity above average, fine thog and even. A bit short woolled on back. Results Hylur was progeny tested at Hestur Experimental farm in 2002. His progenies were extremely lean and muscular. In 2003 it was confirmed in lamb evaluation that Hylur carries on great meat qualities and good carcass grading. Hylur is without any doubt an excellent breeding ram and carries on the same meat qualities as his father, ll 00-868.

Color Inheritiance Hylur is homozygous white.

   

KALDI

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KaldiWhite, horned, rather longheaded. A bit coarse shoulders and good rib shape. Broad and strong back with good muscling. Very broad and muscular rump and thick and well muscled legs. Strong feet’s. Very long bodied ram.
Light tan on head and feet’s. Tan fibers on back and loins. Medium wool quantity, rather much thel and long, medium coarse and curly thog.
Kaldi has performed very well so far, carrying on very good meat qualities. His father was one of the best rams in Iceland according to his BLUP-indexes. Kaldi especially carries on leanness.
His daughter are very prolific but Kaldi carries the Thoka gene which he has inherited from his mmf.  They have average milking abilities.

Colour inheritance: Kaldi is heterozygous white carrying moorit and spotted. Therefore you can expect all colors on Kaldi’s progenies.

Score 2003: 85,5 points
Ultrasound 2003: Eye muscle thickness 31 mm, back fat thickness 3 mm, muscle shape 4. (H)

   

KALDI AI Ram

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Score 2003: 85,5 points
Ultrasound 2003: Eye muscle thickness 31 mm, back fat thickness 3 mm, muscle shape 4. (H)

Description:

KaldiWhite, horned, rather longheaded. A bit coarse shoulders and good rib shape. Broad and strong back with good muscling. Very broad and muscular rump and thick and well muscled legs. Strong feet’s. Very long bodied ram.
Light tan on head and feet’s. Tan fibers on back and loins. Medium wool quantity, rather much thel and long, medium coarse and curly thog.

Kaldi has performed very well so far, carrying on average carcass grading but very good fat grading. His father was one of the best rams in Iceland according to his BLUP-indexes. Kaldi especially carries on leanness.
His daughters are very prolific but Kaldi carries the Thoka gene which he has inherited from his mmf. They have very good milking abilities.

Colour inheritance: Kaldi is heterozygous white carrying moorit and spotted. Therefore you can expect all colors on Kaldi’s progenies.

   

KANI

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Kani
Kani: Ram # 98-864.  Moorit mouflon, horned.  Kani has a powerful head with good horn curving.  Wide chest and good conformation.  Broad back, 39mm eye muscle thickness (outstanding).  Above average leg muscling.  Wool is starting to lighten with grey.  Medium thog, good thel-fine and soft.  Kani's prolificacy score (a measure of how many lambs his  daughters produce) is an incredible +41.  The usual score is -2 to +10, & his daughters have been above average milkers.
KANI
   

KUNNINGI

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Kunningi

White, horned with broad, vigorous and good looking head. Short and broad neck well connected to muscular shoulders. Extremely good back muscling and superb loins. Broad and muscled rump. Superbly shaped and muscled gigots. Great overall conformation and average bodylength. Wool: Light tan fibers on feets and head and a little bit on the rump. Quantity more than average, fine thel and rather short thog. No black fibers. Results:  Kunningi was progeny tested in 2003 along with 7 other rams at Ytri-Skgar farm. Kunningi came out in 1st place scoring 142. His progenies have great conformation and superb gigots. Average dressing weight was 15,2 kg and average carcass grading was 9,6 for meat qualities. Color Inheritiance

Kunningi is homozygous white.

 

   

KVEIKUR AI ram

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KveikurKveikur is horned and white. Good looking head with good horn curving. Broad and thick neck. Good shoulder muscling. Very wide chest. Well muscled back and esepecially broad, muscled and rounded rump . Superb leg muscling. Very good looking ram with good temperament.  Kveikur is a grandson of AI ram Eldur.
Tan on head, feets and tail but very few tan fibers in the fleece. Even fleece, medium wool quantity and medium fine thog.

Kveikur was bought after good results in progeny test at Hestur exp. farm. He carries on superb meat qualities, leanness, eye muscle depth and leg muscling. His progenies are also mature with good carcass grading.
Kveikur's daughters are prolific with excellent milking abilities.

Colour inheritance: Heterozygous white, carrying black but neither moorit or spotted.

 

   

LAEKUR

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Laekur is white with fine horns and a great conformation.  His wool has a bit of tan, is of medium quantity, and is described as "rather fine"*.  His back and loins are muscled, his leg is excellent, and his feet are correct.  He is described overall as a "vigorous and dashing sheep". His offspring grade very well and Laekur is on the top ten list in Iceland for meat classification. Progeny testing results are quite good for Laekur, specifically, (average scores) neck and shoulders 8.1, chest 8.5, back 8.4, rump 8.6, leg 17.2, wool 7.7 and overall harmony score of 8.1.  Laekur's BLUP leaness score is average at 100, muscling scores 117, composite is 107 and his effect is said to be very strong through the generations. Laekur's dam is a daughter of Thettir who is widely described as an excellent sire of daughters.Laekur

   

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