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Cosmo

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Ludlow,Shropshire
Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:09:36 pm »
Hi everyone


We have sponged our Coloured Ryelands and Balwens and 147 days is the 30th March. But I have heard that some breeds have slightly different gestation periods.


Has anyone got any ideas on these breeds gestation?


Many Thanks
                   Cosmo
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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2013, 07:13:57 pm »
We have Coloured Ryelands; this is our fifth year lambing but we only have small numbers (nine this year).

I find that those with singles are pretty much spot on 147 days and those with twins are 149 days  :)

Cosmo

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Ludlow,Shropshire
Re: Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2013, 07:16:01 pm »
Thanks


So we could get lambs on Easter day :) .

wellies

  • Joined Jul 2010
  • Shrewsbury
    • Fairfax Ryeland Flock
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Re: Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013, 07:21:37 pm »
This is our second year with Ryelands, last year we didn't raddle so didn't have any data to directly compare with. So far this year we have had 1 lamb on 147 (twins ewe and ram), one on 146 (very small single ewe), one on 142 (unfortunately dead single ewe) and one on 151 (very large single ram). We havea  mix of coloured Ryelands and Ryelands. I'm not sure if there is a difference between the two but it will be interesting to compare the differences in gestation at the end. This year we have also been noting time of birth. Mornings and early afternoons are the favoured at the moment where as last year it was more late on i.e 10pm - 12pm  :wave:

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2013, 07:47:39 pm »
Huge amount of Southdown went into the initial breeding of the Ryeland.  Only leave our SD tups in for 21 days and note raddle dates.  Shortest gestation period (usually old ewe carrying twins) was 144 days, longest (2011 lambing, after bitterly cold Winter) 156 days - in fact they were all around 9 days late that year - mucked up our plans no end!

kaz

  • Joined Jul 2008
  • Ceredigion
  • Dust yourself off when life throws you down.
Re: Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2013, 10:26:32 pm »
My Ryelands have all been lambing well over the normal gestation period this year, but I have been having some strapping lambs. I have lambed  10 ewes so far with only 3 sets of twins the rest are all singles even from the older ones that have lambed.
No explanation what so ever :thinking:
Penybont Ryelands. Ystwyth Coloured Ryelands.  2 alpacas, 2 angora goats, 2 anglo nubian kids, 3golden retrievers a collie and a red fox labrador retriever, geese, ducks & chickens.

Cosmo

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Ludlow,Shropshire
Re: Coloured Ryeland gestation period????
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2013, 10:45:07 am »
Thanks for all the helpful info :thumbsup:

 

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