Category Archives: Ram management

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 […]

A sweet time of year

This past weekend began that in-between period that is book-ended on one side by breeding season and at the other by the end of grazing and the eventual start of lambing. The length of this sweet period varies depending on each year’s weather and other factors, but it is most welcome when it arrives. The […]


Rams are particularly possessive of their ewes once breeding season begins, largely because of their strong drive to procreate and push their genetics into the next generation. It’s not unusual for a ram to willingly suffer the shock of the electrified fence in order to breed the ewes next door. But that ram is generally […]

Ready for breeding

This weekend marks the beginning of breeding season at Peeper Hollow Farm, and as such, the start of the 2017 lambing year. This past year’s lambs are mostly sexually mature and no longer small and helpless. Many will, in fact, be in breeding groups next week and deliver lambs of their own in the spring […]