Sheep & Ram

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Sheep & Ram

Post: #260933 gerpsych
Sun May 20, 2012 11:37 am

Hi,

I am looking for some advice. We have just acquired 6 ewes and an intact ram (all Welsh Mountain Sheep). We had intended to keep them all together (They are about 1 year old). What would be the disadvantage of this. Do we need to separate out the ram. We have three paddocks but they are all adjacent to each other. Any advice welcomed.

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Alan

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #264761 Niele da Kine
Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:06 am

Well, you'll end up with a lot of little sheep. Did you want your herd to increase?

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #265922 Potter's Farm
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:52 am

We only have 1 sheep and 1 ram, however, we do have a small herd of goats with an intact billy. We let them live as a herd all year round and have encountered absolutely no problem.

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #265943 oldjerry
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:25 pm

Obvously,the animals in a wild state would live together in mixed herds,and husbandry is the bit where the human steps in and changes things a bit to help feed herself and her family.The ram can run with the ewes,but if they become pregnant,they'll be happier separated(if he was a wether that would be different,and they'd benefit from him being around).As for the goats,they'll run together,but not if you plan on milking them(the milk will stink,like the pasteurised crap they sell in supermarkets.)

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #266219 Potter's Farm
Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:43 am

We have been told that having the billy in with the girls will taint the milk, but we didn't find that at all this year.

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #266220 oldjerry
Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:32 pm

Well that's OK,I can't explain it,and we kept goats for yonks,but NOTHING about them surprises me! You sure he's completely intact?....................Has he got a manbag?........Bw's anyhow.

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #266548 Potter's Farm
Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:25 am

He has a very large 'manbag'!!!! And he fathered kids this year too. He's not your typical billy though, very docile and not overly smelly - we did think he was sterile for a while.

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Re: Sheep & Ram

Post: #266553 oldjerry
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:14 pm

Sounds like he's worth breeding your next billy from.There's nothing(on 4 legs at anyrate) as peverse as a goat....I was working in a garden 5 or 6 years ago and I noticed the lady's small herd of Golden Geurnseys stripping a Laurel hedge in the next field...... I legged it to stop them,faster than I'd moved in sometime,only to be told that they ate it regularly without any ill effects,and they WERE all still there the week after!


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