Avellana, which means "nut brown" though she has a true black sire. She is out of Lassen View's Bortero, who is an old stud whose EPDs are one of the best in the nation for true blacks. Avellana mom Alexa has true black in her background and Alexa is by far one of our most gifted EPD foundation dams. So this little girl will become very important to a colored breeding program. Avellana can help ranches move into a line of color whose dark colored animals can also move into EPDs in the 1% Club. She was born big, well conformed and healthy. She definitely has her dam's phenotype, a lot like a typical vicuna stature.
Avellana is bred to MSA Hemingway's Bogart, who at age 17 still has an AFD of 22 with an SD of 4. Bogie and the likes of these studmaster boys won't be around much longer but you can get his genetics with this girl and a price that won't break the bank.
It is rare to fine a true black with the kind of EPDs that are the same for those of white animals, but Bortero has those kinds of EPDs. Avellana's dam is out of the famous El Bello. Both he and Bogart are two of the most prolific herdsires out of Hemingway.
She is genetically superior for sure. She is quite large, yet extremely feminine. She has her mother's feminine phenotype and beautiful face. Getting a girl out of this pairing is just what we were hoping to base a dark breeding program.
Avellana mom is a great mom with easy births and plenty of milk for a thriving offspring. I have no doubt that her female offspring will have the same capacity. This girl is friendly and easy to handle, she is well halter trained and to date has bred easily. You will have years of offspring with this young dam.
Avellana's EPD stats are pretty much at the national average, which is a good place to start to breed up for fiber characteristics. Bogart will definitely improve the offspring EPDs and overall fiber character in one generation. Take a look at her stats for 2017:
Trait Value Acc Rank Rank%
AFD -0.217 0.434 20,312 of 42,558 47.73%
SDAFD -0.003 0.434 26,047 of 42,558 61.21%
SF -0.124 0.46 22,633 of 42,558 53.19%
%F>30 -1.696 0.465 17,815 of 42,558 41.87%
MC 0.842 0.429 14,007 of 42,558 32.92%
SDMC 0.71 0.454
%M -0.187 0.067 21,358 of 42,558 50.19%
MSL -1.061 0.359 32,631 of 42,558 76.68%
FW -0.41 0.307 42,103 of 42,558 98.94%
BW 0.117 0.275
[4th] Place, 2016 California Classic Roundup, Brown Juvenile Female Walking Fleece Class
[5th] Place 2016 California Classic Roundup, Brown Juvenile Female Full Fleece Halter