New Guy on The Farm

In the fall it is time to introduce the ram to the ewes, sometimes introducing a new animal does not go smoothly.

Sheep are pregnant for 5 months so most people put their ram out with their ewes in the fall, to have lambs that are ready to sell in the spring.  Our sheep are mostly pets for pasture control but we do have to feed them in the winter, to offset this cost we get a ram to produce lambs for sale.

I do not want to lamb in Janurary again as the last go-around was far too cold, so we planned for a March lamb crop instead and after some struggles found a nice ram for our small flock of sheep on our little hobby farm.

Since we do not raise sheep for wool, and have found that hair sheep are much easier to keep, we specifically were looking for a hair sheep breed, and found one that was part Katahdin, part Dorper.  He is a young ram so will still grow, but is mature enough to get the job done now. 

When we arrived at our farm it was night time.  I called the other sheep over to the barn area so that he would not be wandering around alone in the dark.  As sheep enter there estrus cycle in the fall I am sure that some of the ewes were probably in heat, I am sure that night was chaos, as the ram was chasing the ewes, and ewes were curious of the newcomer but did not like being chased.

The donkey and llama were interested as well and I could see that both were trying to sniff the new guy who was intent on getting away from the larger animals.

In the morning I found everyone grazing on the hill side, the ram was with the flock but not quite part of the flock.  At one point the ewes seemed to he hiding behind Crystal, the guard llama, with the ram unable to determine how to get to them.

Anyone who knows llamas will note Crystal’s watchful look as she is not too sure of why the new guy is chasing her little buddies.

After a few days everything worked out and the ram became a part of the flock, and we can expect cute little lambs early in March of 2012.

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  1. Daisy Peasblossom

    On October 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    He is a good looking little fellow. Hopefully, you will have some pretty lambs.

  2. LoveDoctor

    On October 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    How adorable! I love the black and white sheep.

  3. PR Mace

    On October 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Glad he became part of the group. I loved the guard llama. I viewed your other pictures as well but was unable to learn a comment.

  4. papaleng

    On October 9, 2011 at 10:52 am

    nice photos and good to hear the ram was accepted by the group.

  5. erwinkennythomas

    On October 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    great post!

  6. Ruby Hawk

    On October 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Brenda, he’s a real cutie, I’m sure the girls will learn to love him. Good luck with the spring lambs.

  7. CA Johnson

    On October 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I loved the pics. I am also glad that the ram was able to be part of the family.

  8. imansyahrukka

    On October 10, 2011 at 4:13 am

    This article is very interesting, I happened to undergraduate backgrounds that are currently fostering livestock farmers and ranchers in Indonesia, precisely in south Sulawesi province. I am happy to have the experience and knowledge you write, I kept waiting for your writings and selanjutka to be discussed on this blog …

    Warm greetings to you …

  9. athena goodlight

    On October 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Enjoyed this article! I could see how curious the others are of the new fellow- watching him from behind. :)

  10. Prakash Vaghela

    On October 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    nice sharing

  11. sunsetsunrise

    On October 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

    He is such a cutie!

  12. Larinna Chandler

    On October 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    What a cool story! You put perfectly into words the picture of the llama with the sheep hiding behind her. He is just forlornly looking at them like, what do I do now? nice article!

  13. Socorro Lawas

    On October 15, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Your pictures are just adorable.

  14. J

    On October 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I see he has a tail – which is ironic and you have him to get some tail.

  15. CHIPMUNK

    On October 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Gorgeous such a wonderful sight

  16. Eiddwen

    On July 27, 2012 at 7:01 am

    What a great read and I now look forward to many more by you.
    Eddy.

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