Tag Archives: rams

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 […]

An internal parasite eradication plan

I knew when we brought in our sheep from pasture last year that I’d have to develop a plan to deal with internal parasites this spring. I didn’t know at that time exactly what we’d be facing, but after the “perfect storm” for parasites last summer, I knew that dealing with its aftermath in 2017 […]

Practicing their ninja moves

For many years now, we have kept llamas as guardians for our sheep. We often have to decide which of the four llamas goes into which group. Sometimes we have more sheep groups than llamas and need to run one or more groups without protection. At other times we need to put more than one […]

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 […]

An eye wart?

It isn’t often that something happens within the flock that I haven’t seen before. After nearly seventeen years, I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff, both in my own flock and in the flocks of friends and acquaintances, so when my young ram lamb Pistil had me stumped this past fall, it was a notable […]