Apparently, I have attracted the attention of a retired veterinarian in California, who is heading up a study on Hairy Shaker disease. He is pretty convinced that is what I have here and is going to make a special trip to back-woods Nevada to take blood samples from the ram, ewe and lamb.
Yay! I feel kinda special, ya know, to be a part of the study... And grateful, I wouldn't be able to test them for awhile, at least not until I get a job.
I asked him about exposure and he said that he is fairly sure there is a genetic side to it.
We shall see!