Tag Archives: Nahe

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 […]

More about spotting

In my last blog, I talked a little bit about my current project, diving into trying to understand spotting in sheep. I’ve collected a database of nearly 300 lambs and have listed them by name, including sire and dam, and type of color. After looking at all of their birth photos, I have also cataloged […]

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 […]

The beginning of lambing

For those of you a bit confused by the title, no, it’s not the beginning of lambing here at Peeper Hollow Farm! Not yet, anyway. But our breeding groups have been together for more than four weeks, now — well past the halfway point of our six-week breeding season — so we can now see […]

Bored

I realize the sheep in the above photo are very tiny, but that is somewhat the point. Our breeding rams have been among the ewes for nearly three weeks now. The heat cycle of any given ewe averages about seventeen days. Based on my flock, they tend to run from a short fourteen days to […]

Sharing

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 […]