farewelled our last ram so it is obviously time to borrow a new one.
We've spent the last month 'flushing' our ewes. This is where the ewes (female sheep) are fed on a steadily increasing ration in the weeks leading up to what is known as the 'ram date'. It's a tried and true technique that is supposed to cause multi-ovulation. I guess it works. We always seem to have good lambing rates.
We followed the same arrangement as we did last year. Our neighbour Dave borrowed an end-of-the-line ram from a real farmer. We picked up his ewes and the ram and brought them back to our place for a few months.
The new ram looks like quite a character. He looks part Suffolk, with a characteristic black face and solid build. We'll hopefully resist giving him a name as we have previously. The new guy looks more fertile than Lego and calmer than Sid. Within minutes he was chasing our well-conditioned ewes around the paddock like some sort of woolly teenager, chin forward and ears back.
I think it's going to work out.