Since it's breeding season, I figured we could discuss what we look for in a breeding ram or replacement ram. Up until this year, I haven't spent much time contemplating what I want. A ram had been provided free of charge to cover the girls, and since the lambs the first year turned out to have decent fleece, I just used him again the following year. Last year I bought an icelandic ram based on looks and high odds of multiple births from his daughters. This year I've got the two new Friesian rams. I'm really anal about what an animal looks like as far as structure goes; I made Deb go out and stack her little lambs so I could get a decent look at their profiles, front and back. I want something that's well balanced, not overly cow hocked or over at the knees; something that will hold up over time. Because my rams are lambs, I've got nothing to go on as to how they'll produce, but over the next couple of years I'll want to keep not only the nicely balanced sheep, but the ones that are producing milk (since that will be my focus.) In other words, if the daugthers are good milk producers, then the brothers would be marked for replacement rams. Since I really like a triple purpose sheep, a good weight gain on the offspring and decent fleece would have to considered as well. What are you looking for?