Tag Archives: Parker

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 […]

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 […]

Adding Patience to the mix

Most of the time, my flock decisions are based on facts – I like to make these decisions armed with data: average daily gain, fleece produced, the number of lambs produced, etc. I will admit that I have much more difficulty making these same decisions when there isn’t much data available. After all, I am […]

Breeding season begins!

Our breeding season began yesterday as we gathered all of the ewes and checked them over one last time before dividing them into their breeding groups. We dewormed any who needed it, changed coats, trimmed dirty wool tags, and generally cleaned each girl up as her turn came, finally weighing her just before putting her […]