Photo: One of the breeding groups, this one with our mature Katahhid ram
The ewes have spent the summer in a rotational grazing pattern after having their lambs weaned off them in the early summer. They have dried off and regained the condition they lost due to lambing and lactation. They are in good shape.We have four rams we are using for breeding this season on about seventy ewes. Two of these rams are mature rams we have used for several years now. The other two are young rams we bought this year.
The ewes were separated into four groups. This was done in such a way as to:
- Prevent inbreeding; rams are not bred to ewes they are related to.
- Yearling ewes are bred, where possible (see 1 above) to a ram likely to through a smaller lamb.
- More mature ewes with a good lambing history are bred to rams likely to through big, fast growing lambs.
- For purebred ewes, to produce purebred lambs.
For us, two Katahdin rams are used to produce big fast growing lambs and two Florida Native rams are used to produce smaller lambs. The only purebred ewes we have are Florida Native so obliviously we use a purebred Florida Native ram on them.