Agri Vehicles Insurance from Greenlands

Author Topic: Soay tup - How long?  (Read 1600 times)

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Soay tup - How long?
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:52:44 am »
I have been offered the loan of a Soay tup to cover my 6 ewes. They have lambed twice previously but we missed lambing last year for various reasons.

Previous years we kept the tup for the winter but hope to keep him this year for a shorter period. He is about 3 years old and proven.

How long should I keep him to ensure 'most' of the ewes get caught? Not too bothered about 100% being caught.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Soay tup - How long?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 05:16:51 pm »

Six weeks works for us, starting in early November.
www.scothebs.co.uk

Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - let sleeping dragons lie

Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Soay tup - How long?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2014, 05:25:34 pm »
About 6 weeks - probably gives him 2 chances :D and you a reasonably short lambing time :fc: .  You will also have a definite cut-off date for lambing too :thumbsup:

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Soay tup - How long?
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 06:44:31 pm »
Brilliant .... thank you both  ;D

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Soay tup - How long?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2014, 07:56:23 pm »
If both ewes and ram are healthy 19 days should sort it all out.  We never leave the ram in for more than 21 days, which gives him time to pick up ewes served on the first day or two that were actually right at the end of their cycle.  Ony had one barrener in the last ten years.

in the hills

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Soay tup - How long?
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2014, 03:43:58 pm »
Thanks MF

 

How long might my soay live?

Started by violetsprite

Replies: 12
Views: 4658
Last post March 10, 2012, 10:35:06 am
by Bramblecot
Soay Ewe's to move - North Yorkshire urgent land needed short or long term

Started by PGJY

Replies: 1
Views: 1216
Last post July 22, 2015, 10:30:16 pm
by Coximus
A little Soay boy

Started by in the hills

Replies: 7
Views: 2632
Last post April 06, 2012, 08:00:18 am
by Brucklay
soay

Started by rikkib

Replies: 16
Views: 5593
Last post June 17, 2012, 11:08:59 pm
by Fleecewife
Anything else I can do for this Soay?

Started by goosepimple

Replies: 42
Views: 12450
Last post January 28, 2015, 05:22:41 pm
by in the hills

Forum sponsors

FibreHut Energy Helpline Thomson & Morgan Time for Paws Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival Little Peckers

© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2020. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS