Category Archives: flock additions

Making friends

I mostly look at physical traits when I purchase sheep, but especially when it comes to rams, I also consider temperament. Specifically, we would not purchase a ram who has displayed violent behavior. Temperament can be hereditary, and we need our rams to be reasonably safe around people. Temperament in ewes, however, is a whole […]

This year’s rams

I often get emails or blog comments containing questions about flock members. If the question can be easily answered in a sentence or two, I reply to the person asking. But when a question requires a bit more depth and is one that I think might interest other blog readers, I’ll use it as a […]

A stunning disappointment

With only an occasional exception, our breeding rams come from our own flock. We make genetic progress each year by carrying one or more particular traits into the next generation, and then we keep only those lambs who reflect this genetic improvement. The only way to know whether a purchased ram will reflect an improvement […]

Making choices

We have now finally evaluated every one of our new lambs at least once this spring, meaning that each one has been caught, weighed, and looked over for a series of sixteen physical traits and four fleece traits. After so many years of monitoring, one would think that we would no longer see mouths where […]

Quaker and Qayin

In 2004, I purchased a couple of purebred Romney ewes from a flock on the East Coast as foundation animals for our purebred Romney flock. Camille was colored and her friend Celeste was white. Of the two, Camille was the bigger of the two, but Celeste was both more prolific and the one with the […]

Ram management, part 2

The previous post talked a bit about fights for ram hierarchy and that there are different leadership styles for the ram that wins. The laid-back, benevolent leadership style often results in the shepherd not knowing exactly which is the head ram and can mislead the shepherd into allowing behaviors that can cause issues within the […]

Ram management, part 1

Sheep depend on their flock for protection, hiding in plain sight among dozens or even hundreds of other sheep who, to any predator, look nearly identical. Within that blur of sheep, an individual is difficult, if not impossible, to pick out from the rest. Over the many years of observing my relatively small flock, I’ve […]