Breeding-sheep score-card General characters

Form. — Compact, thick-set, and short-legged; body deep, thick, and of medium length ; top line straight; under line low in flanks ; scale large for age.

Quality. — General refinement and symmetry of clean-cut features; breed character pronounced; head, neck, and legs short; bone smooth, moderately fine in ewe, somewhat stronger in ram ; fleece pure, fine in ewe, somewhat coarser in ram.

Condition. — Great wealth of natural flesh, but not excessively fat; flesh firm, mellow and springy, without lumps, patches, rolls or undue accumulations of fat, especially in back, loin, rump, and foreflanks; depth and evenness of flesh consistent with degree of fatness.

Constitution. — Generous and symmetrical development; ample heart-girth, capacity of barrel and depth of flanks; eyes full, bright, and clear; nostrils large and open ; throat free from lumps; absence of refinement to point of delicacy; skin bright; fleece bright, soft, and long, crimp even, yolk moderately abundant.

Early maturity. — General refinement and compactness; body large, extremities small; shortness of head, neck, and legs; amplitude of girth in chest, belly, and flanks.

Sexuality. — In males: A bold, active, and aggressive carriage; great strength without grossness in head, neck, legs, and shoulders; well-developed sexual organs.

In females: General refinement; good development of barrel; head, neck, and legs lighter and finer than in ram.

Scale of Points

Mutton Sheep

Perfect Score

FlNE-WOOLED

Sheep

Perfect Score

1.

Age,

   

2.

Scale, estimated weight-------lb.; corrected-------lb.;

10

8

3.

Skin, bright, clean, and free from scurf; color ac-

3

5

4.

Fleece, pure, uniformly long and dense ; crimp even and fine; quality fine; condition bright, clean, and lustrous ; yolk evenly distributed and moderately abundant; general character according to

15

30

5.

Muzzle, fine in ewe, broad in ram ; nostrils open .

1

1

6.

Face, short; fine in ewe, strong in ram; color and

5

5

7.

 

3

3

8.

Forehead, broad in ewe, still broader in ram ; wooled

3

3

9.

Ears, fine ; length, color, covering, and carriage ac-

3

3

10.

Neck, short, blending smoothly with shoulders; es-

3

2

11.

Shoulder, broad, compact, snug, and well fleshed

4

3

12.

Fore legs, straight, short, arm full, feet strong; bone smooth, fine in ewe, stronger in ram ; color and

4

3

Scale of Points

Mutton Sheep

Perfect Score

FlNE-WOOLED

Sheep

Perfect Score

13.

Chest, deep, broad, and full; brisket wide; heart-girth large; fore flanks deep and full ....

10

10

14.

Back, well fleshed, broad, straight, and of medium length; ribs well sprung ...........................

6

4

15.

Loin, well fleshed, broad and straight .................

6

4

16.

Rump, long, level, wide, and well fleshed ....

6

4

17.

Thighs, full; fleshed low down; twist deep and full

10

6

18.

Body, deep and capacious in belly and hind flanks.

4

3

19.

Hind legs, straight and short; feet strong; bone smooth, moderately fine in ewe, strong in ram; color and covering according to breed ....

4

3

 

Total................

100

100