Tag Archives: O’Connor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ram changes

Our flock renewal is not limited to ewes! In the previous two blogs, I described the changes in the ewe flocks, but there has been even more turnover in our rams! We normally keep about a dozen boys over the winter, a combination of older rams who we still hope to use for breeding and […]

More about our transport

So, continuing on Friday’s post, I still have two ewes here who need to go to northern California, and my friend Melissa and I have three ram lambs who need to be brought from California to Iowa. Our transport plans for this past weekend fell through because a couple of the ram lambs had come […]