“Keep your friends close…

…and your enemies closer”.

This time of year, I hold my breath watching the antics in the ram pasture. The older fellows vie for supremacy; the young boys are rowdy, roughing each other up, standing in huddles, learning to be “rams”. (If only they wouldn’t)

Today I went looking through our photofiles, and found ones that tell the story….

On the face of it, there seems to be a friendly bond between dominant rams as the weather gets cooler…over time, we have taken several photos of them whispering “sweet nothings” into each other’s ears….more likely threats!

There are serious conferences where they seem to be discussing who’s who in the hierarchy…..and who deserves to be the breeding ram for that year.

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There are shoving matches…

And lots of posturing…which leads to photo-ops…which leads me to show you this year’s winners!

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We used three rams…but we only bred 5 ewes to lamb here in 2012; because of our flock reduction plans, the groups were small, really small.

Loki was an easy choice. His lambs this spring were exceptional, and his amazingly fine soft fleece is coming through in them all. He got to breed 2  ewes whose fleece qualities should compliment his.

Spats was bred to our finest fleeced ewe, Heka. We have great hopes for this cross.

And contrary to our usual rules, we also used a 2011 ram-lamb (Galileo). He is an outcross to our flock, and with his soft mioget fleece and so many good qualities, he seemed a natural for a couple of ewes who carried the modifier gene. We hope that it doesn’t go to his head!

The lamb crop for 2012 will be small, but the lambs themselves should be very special. Will we part with any of them? Not for a while…..

 

 

 

 

Comments (6)

6 Responses to ““Keep your friends close…”

  1. Nancy K says:

    Gorgeous boys! You should have a very diverse group of lambs next Spring.
    I was curious about your post title. I couldn’t figure out what it meant (before I got to your blog). I just kept think that “surely you don’t have any enemies”! You are much to nice of a lady for that.

  2. Becky says:

    Nice looking rams Lois! I can’t wait to see the babies! Also would be interested in that fleece again if you still have one? I can’t remember the name, but it started with a P I think :)

  3. Tammy says:

    Hi Lois,
    Good to see you posting again. Time sure do fly doesn’t it? What a pretty bunch of boys you have. You should have some nice lambs in the spring. I only bred five this year too. This will probably be my last year to lamb, but hoping for some nice ones. It will be hard for you to part with so many, but once you get down to the numbers you want, it should be much more enjoyable. While I enjoyed looking at your lovely boys I sure do not miss having them around! I used a ram I raised here on a ‘rent a ram’ agreement this year, so he went back home about the time he started getting really restless. :-)

    Take care,
    Tammy

  4. Melanie says:

    What gorgeous rams! I hope I get to see the results of your “Shepherd’s Christmas” come lambing time :)

  5. Kathy says:

    Now see? Doesn’t Galileo have the same coloring as Woden? Mioget keeps coming into my mind every time I have a good look at him. Very light in the fleece though – light mioget?

    Great photos!

  6. What a beautiful bunch of boys. We have no horns here, now, so it is fun to see your pack of big-horned guys! Just gorgeous photos.

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