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