Good Golly Miss Molly ! Why are you not black ?
We have been trying to figure out why our gorgeous Miss Molly is dark fawn when she should be black. During our 15 year journey with breeding black huacayas, we have found we could not produce fawns easily. So Miss Molly is very interesting..
Looking at the dams side, Chalford Polly has a largely black pedigree. Polly’s sire is true black Mariah Hill Mambo (Aust). Mambo was imported from Australia and we co-owned him for many years. He lived with us for a lot of that time before being sold and is currently retired in Italy. Mambo produced black from black which helped us to fix the colour in our herd. We still have many Mambo females as well as Chalford Cappuchino! Well there are always exceptions 😉 and he is very closely related to our Polly.
Mambo covered our multiple Champion Black female, Chalford Petra by Koricancha Sinbad (Peru). Although bay black, Sinbad came from a long line of quality blacks on both sides. Polly’s grand dam is Syke House Piaso, a strong, very true black girl bred from imported stock. She has consistently produced high quality true black progeny and mostly female…she is a Queen on our farm and still very black!
Miss Molly’s sire needs little introduction. True black on both sides of his pedigree and the son of Samaria Valley Saladin, Warramunga Downs Miguel of Fowberry is a full up Australian who is now part of our family. His dam Ghemma is a fantastic true black female. Interestingly the only fleece that ever beat Petra’s in a black senior fleece class was that of Miguel’s.. so he was forgiven 😉
In summary, we can assume that some of Mambo’s paler coloured lineage has perhaps come to the fore. There are many legendary names in Mambo’s pedigree but not a lot of black colour.
So what next for Miss Molly? We have a few options but MFI Kapow (USA) seems the obvious choice at the moment. With many top Australian names in our herd we are always looking for the next layer and Kapow brings so many of the traits we look for. So let’s see what happens in 3 years time 😉
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