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epherdwicks

  • Joined Apr 2016
mixing rams
« on: October 19, 2020, 06:16:33 pm »
I have two rams, one of whom I will use with my ewes this year, and one of whom I would like to sell if I can find a buyer.  In the meantime he will be on his own when the first one is in with my ewes.  If I put the lonely one in with this year's ram lambs (uncastrated, born April) will he knock them about too much asserting himself as the boss? I am trying to keep one of my paddocks free for later in the winter so it would be good if he wasn't hogging whole field to himself!

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2020, 08:03:23 pm »
If you are going to sell the spare (shearling?) I would get him advertised asap considering tupping time is practically here and most people, barring disasters, have their tups lined up by now. Ideally he will be gone before your tup goes in.


If not he shouldn't be on his own. Are they herdwicks? If so, he could well be fine with your tup lambs. If he's an older tup and has worked then he could be a pain to you or your neighbours if you don't have good fencing. As could your tup lambs.

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2020, 08:03:54 pm »
I would put him in with the ram lambs, unless he is a real thug and picks on just one there should be no problems.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 01:48:03 am »
We have never had problems mixing older tups with tup lambs.  The lambs get chased around for half an hour then they all settle down.  The lambs will get humped by the older tup but it seems to keep them all happy and helps maintain the pecking order  ::) .  If after a day things haven't settled and you are worried if they fight, then you can take him out and think again.
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bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 06:08:38 am »
I would put him in with the ram lambs without a second thought, they will only fight if one of the lambs stands up to him, which is unlikely.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 01:23:54 pm »
I would put him in with the ram lambs without a second thought, they will only fight if one of the lambs stands up to him, which is unlikely.

I take it you don't keep Hebrideans, or Soay  :roflanim:
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bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2020, 06:35:56 am »
I would put him in with the ram lambs without a second thought, they will only fight if one of the lambs stands up to him, which is unlikely.

I take it you don't keep Hebrideans, or Soay  :roflanim:

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epherdwicks

  • Joined Apr 2016
Re: mixing rams
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2020, 03:06:58 pm »
Thanks everyone - looks like he'll go in with the young ones, fingers crossed.  They talk through the fence now anyway so hopefully he won't be too much of a bully.

Yes he is advertised for sale but no takers yet!

 

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