and I don’t know why..
I didn’t actually knock the post over and you can’t get sued for trying …. can you?.
And I am pretty and pleasant with a nice voice – unlike my cousin Venice (the menace), who hurts your ear drums when she wants her mom.
So why did I get sued? Shepherd doesn’t know either, but she’s the one with fingers, so she can finish the post.
SUED stands for Split Upper Eyelid Deformity. The split eyelid is related to the polycerate (multi-horn) gene. The split in the embryonic horn bud continues into the eye socket. The first indication that Banner might have SUED was this tiny tuft, located about an inch above his eye. This is more apparent being a white tuft that falls over a lilac eye patch.
Gently stretching the eyelid..
reveals the notch (or split) (pardon the iodine orange finger – new babies this morning). The normal eye..
Wow – does that boy have gorgeous blue eyes or what!!
Should an animal with SUED be used for breeding? This is an individual decision and not one I’m going to make for anyone. If you are not a member of the Jacob-list, I suggest going to www.jacobsheep.com and browsing the Jacob-list archives. You’ll find plenty of reading information on SUED and lots else. You’ll find plenty of opinions to get you thinking and maybe coming up with your own opinion. There are different grades of SUED. Banner’s is a mild notch, which does not cause any discomfort and is not visible without pulling his eyelid. Splits can be bad enough to cause considerable discomfort without medical attention and may require surgery or an invitation to dinner. Some breeders feel it is a random expression of the polycerate gene. In England, breeding against SUED eliminated most of the four horn Jacob population. Is SUED heritable? As far as I know, there has not been enough research to make that decision. I know of rams with SUED that have never sired SUED lambs. And rams without SUED that have sired over 50% lambs with SUED. Like Banner said, “Shepherd doesn’t know either”.