Lowerye Ecstatic. updated: 09/10/2008
Lowerye Ecstatic (ZVY 4291) is a strong son of sire reference ram, Lowerye Charlie (ZVY 2019). He is the pick of the ram lambs from the ET flush of high muscle ewe lambs carried out in October 2003. The other members of his dam's flush were all of the top eye muscle lambs in the March 2004 born lambs. He scanned with an eye muscle of 33.9mm and 5mm of fat at 138 days old when he weighed 58kg. Ecstatic has a thick tight fleece, a little head cover , short tight pasterns and his feet are jet black throughout. His physical attributes are a perfect match to use across daughters of Westonvale Apostle (XBB0004).
Breeding a little fatter than some, he has also been retained to counter the excessive leanness of some Charollais bloodlines. Having scoured the Signet performance report I was surprised at how few bloodlines were available that would increase fat depths in excessively lean sheep and yet still make progress on increasing muscle depth. Ecstatic lies just outside the top 5% of Charollais for muscle depth and just outside the top 10% for growth rate.
L.Ecstatic's dam, ZVY 3065, is a thickset daughter of Rutland Chieftain (ZFY 2031) who was a full brother to sire reference ram, Rutland Alamos (ZFY 0025). Chieftain bred thick, chunky sheep with fantastically full loins and a little fat cover and Ecstatic's dam was typical of these. She is one of a triplet from ZVY 9032, a Tilton Maverick daughter who we flushed successfully on several occasions and has bred several stock sires in other pedigree flocks. The female line traces back to our old Cairnhill foundation ewe, FX 1023, from which we have so many good descendants. In fact the majority of our flock can now be traced back to that ewe.
L.Ecstatic's dam, ZVY 3065, also bred the 1st prize ram lamb at the 3 Counties Show in 2005 which later sold for 1,000 gns at the Premier Sale. His ET brother scanned with an eye muscle over 40mm and made 900 gns at the same sale. Another brother was sold for 920gns at the 2006 Premier Sale.
Sire Reference EBV's:
Scrapie Genotype: ARR/ARR.
L.Ecstatic is jointly owned with John & Ann Griffiths' Chestnut Park flock.