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Many breeders use the Records of Exotics Scoring System developed by Thompson
Temple in 1976 for use on "trophies"  to keep track and judge how their live ram's
horns are growing.  While one inch per month is average growth though the first two
years of life, sometimes weather or the seasons and nutrition can factor into the
growth rates.  Bloodlines will also play a part in how fast the rams' horns grow.

The Records of Exotics Scoring System can be divided into two parts, one for two
horned sheep and one for multihorned (polycerate) sheep.
Measurements are taken as above on all horns.  The only difference is the mid circumference is taken
at the actual mid point of each horn, not based on the mid point of the longest horn.
  • Measure Base of Left Primary Horn. Do not include any hair/wool.  Primary horns are the horns on top of the
    head and are usually longest.

  • Measure Length of Left Primary Horn. Start in the middle of the horn as pictured and follow the horn as it
    curves or curls.  Secondary horns are the horns located on the side of the head and are generally smaller
    than the Primary Horns.

  • Determine the midway (halfway) point of horn by dividing the length by 2 and measure the Middle
    Circumference of the Left Primary Horn at the Midway/Halfway point

  • Measure Base of Left Secondary Horn.  Do not include any hair/wool

  • Measure Length of Left Secondary Horn. Start in the middle of the horn as pictured and follow the horn as it
    curves or curls

  • Determine the midway (halfway) point of the horn, by dividing the length by 2 and measure the Middle            
    Circumference of the Left Secondary Horn at the Midway/Halfway point

  • Repeat above steps for the two Right Side Horns

  • Add all of the above measurements together and that is your ram's score using the Records of Exotics
Scoring System!  For a 4 horned ram you will have a total of 12 measurements to add together.

Above Pictures are of a 4 horned Jacob Ram being measured.  Jacob Sheep are one of the parent breeds of some Painted Desert Bloodlines as well as
a parent breed of some Multi-horned Sheep.
  • Secure your ram: When measuring a live ram the first
    thing you need to do is find a way to secure your ram so
    you can get an accurate measurement. Either place him in
    some type of head gate or have some handlers to help
    you hold him still. If a ram moves around a lot it is hard to
    get an accurate and true measurement.

  • Measuring Middle Circumference: Now you need to refer
    back to your notes. To get this measurement you need to
    work on the horn that is the longest if they did not
    measure in length to be exactly the same length. Very few
    rams will have exact length measurements of each horn.
    Take the length measurement of the longest horn and
    divide that number in half. Example if your ram had a
    measurement of 28 2/8 inches in length of the longest
    horn 1/2 of that measurement will be 14 1/4 inches. You
    will use this 1/2 way measurement to get the Midway
    Circumference. Measure from the base of the horn to
    your midway circumference figure and mark area on each
    horn. Then take your measuring tape and measure the
    circumference around each horn at this point. Again take
    care that no slack is in tape. Tape can not be moved one
    way or another and must be measured exactly at this
    point. Make notes of measurements of each horn's mid
    way circumference.

  • Add all of your measurements up.  You will have 6
    measurements for Two Horned Rams.Class Scoring and
    Names of each Class are listed below. Accurate
    measurements are essential, take your time when
    measuring to get correct measurements.  
  • Measuring Horn Base Circumference (Basal
    Circumference): This Circumference measurement is
    taken on the horn at the horn base at the hairline and is
    the measurement of thebase of the horn. Be sure to
    push hair back and don't include this when taking this
  • Measuring length: You will need to measure the length of
    a horn from the horn base at the skull to the end tip of
    the horn. Be sure the measuring tape is held on the
    center (ridge) of the horn during the measurement.
    Make sure you have no slack at all in your measuring
    tape at any time. In rams with large curled horns it may
    be easier to take some type of cable that will not stretch
    at all to get the measurement, mark the end points then
    measure the item you used to get that measurement. Or
    a sticky tape also can provide an accurate measurement
    and you can stick it on the horn exactly were it needs to
    be all the way down, then mark each end of the tape,
    remove it, and get measurements that way. Do not use
    any type of  tape that will stretch such as electrical tape,
    use a ridge type of tape with no give to it so you can
    have accurate measurements. Once you have a
    measurement of the horn length make a note of this and
    then measure the other horn length and note that.
    Record measurements in 1/8 inch increments.  
Total Measurement
from 80" to 85 7/8"
Total Measurement
from 75" - 85 7/8"
Total Measurement
from 86" to 93 7/8"
Total Measurement
from 86" - 93 7/8"
Total Measurement
from 94" and over
Total Measurement
from 94" and over
for Multi-horned Sheep

70” - 94 7/8”
for Multi-horned Seep

95" - 119 7/8"
for Multi-horned Sheep

120" +
If the bases of any of the horns are fused together, measure as best as you can.

Both the Multi-horned rams and the Two Horned rams can display fused horns.  
This is especially seen in aged Two Horned Rams

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