I am adding in a new title.. just like we have this and that posts, were I write about lots of little things to catch you up or when I do photo blogs, were its more about sharing or a trip post, I am going to be adding in a new one.. Around the kitchen table.
Its meant to be both real and maybe funny in its own way at time.. its when we have had a talk at the table about something and afterwards I think.. that would be a interesting blog post.. most of the time, I try and wrap the idea into a neater package of information, often splitting it into different posts.
But I am going to try keep it all together.. in all its free flowing, often ends without a answer, like you are joining me at the table.
Here we go..
So I need to talk to you about Rams.. Hubby blinks at me and nods.. (that’s my cue to keep talking) I am trying to figure out what to do with the sheep flock
We currently have Whiskey, he is a sweet ram, produces healthy active live births and good weights on his offspring but he is a wool sheep, he is not a big ram compared to our last boy and for two years running, at least 10 percent of his off spring at around the big weaning time do not come off mom and onto our pasture and go from just fine to dead.
We have Hairy, he is a Whiskey Son, he is outstanding, he is out of my Butterscotch-Dram line, and he is the current boss ram, he outweights his father by a solid 50 pounds, he has a good temperament and is my very effective clean up ram, as his mother is fourth gen born on my farm, his offspring are a touch bigger at birth( a big harder on the mothers) but they grow strong and do not have the “what the ??” issue with all of them reaching butcher age.. but he is half wool-half-hair and he sheds his coat out very well in summer but he throws a lot of wool on his babies.. enough that they would have to be sheared and he throws horns and horn buds.
we could just keep breeading Whiskey for a few more years and deal with shearing him and deal with having more half or whole wool lambs born in the flock.. and work to figure out what is missing that we are having lamb loss at weaning stage.. do they need more loose minerals, do they need to be wormed more, will need to spend some more time and money figuring this out.
We could move over to Hairy as our full time breeder.. but he is related to all the butterscotch line.. so while he does have 50% of Whiskey.. do we want that or do we want more outcross.
We could buy a new ram, a hair sheep again.. and raise him up for the year and then move back to having a hair sheep as the lead ram to go with the hair sheep girls and greatly reduce overheating issues with the wool lambs and the shearing that goes with.
Or we could move Hairy in with Tess (the new line of hair sheep female I got last year) and breed our own new ram.. Tess brings in 50 percent new lines to the flock, Hairy would bring in 50 percent new lines from Whiskey and 50 percent of my own line-bred tough as nails suited to my own farm and land hair lines of Butterscotch and Dram.
My hubby listened and his question was this..
Are you wanting to hold back replacement females in the next three years?
My answer was.. I am wanting to look at Mocha’s offspring as I do not have any hold backs on her line and she is getting up there in age.. she is 8 this year and is only 2nd gen on the farm.. she tends to give me boys.. lots of boys over the years. I am still waiting for a ewe from her.. I don’t normally like to keep back from a female under the age of four or five, I really want them to prove themselves and then she has just thrown me males since..
And I willing to consider offspring from Tess as she is a new female an I might want to grow out her offspring till 2 just to see how it develops and such..
but I am hoping and planning to buy a new milking sheep ewe lamb to add to the flock this year..
Otherwise, no, I am not looking to add at this time..
And then we mulled.. So got questions to ask? Got thoughts? What would you do? Why would you do it?
I am still making up my mind to tell the truth.. so I will share what is decided at a later point but I am looking forward to hearing what you think?