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kelly58

  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Highlands, Scotland
  • Home is were my animals are.
Tups
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:28:01 am »
I have 2 five year old Boreray  tups, and 3 ram lambs. the lambs are 6 weeks old and l intend on keeping them to sell, hopefully ! Obviously l will need to separate them from their mammies when the time comes, can l put them in with the older boys, maybe spray them to get the scent of the ewe off them ?
What age would give them a 'fighting' chance, l presume the older boys will give them a telling when introduced.
Any ideas please  :thinking:  :sheep: :sheep:

Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: Tups
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 10:49:49 am »
They should have the sense to run away!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
Re: Tups
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 11:03:33 am »

I find no problem putting tup lambs at 4 months old in with the stock tups.  The old boys like having some wee ones around.  The problems start in early spring the following year when the now teenagers decide to challenge the old boys for supremacy.  They do have a bit of a dust-up too when the old boys come back from tupping but they soon sort that out.
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bigchicken

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Fife Scotland
Re: Tups
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 11:07:32 am »
I have introduced Shetland Ram lambs to older rams at weaning time and it worked out ok The young rams don't usually make much of a fight of it and manage to stay out of the way of the older rams, but I would keep a close eye on them for a wee while it all depends on the older rams and how much attention they will pay to the newcomers some can be right bug--rs. Best of luck. Is there much of a market for Boreray rams. I find that Shetland rams unless top grade sell for not very much and would be better off as wedders for meat.
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Tups
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 11:10:59 am »
At the moment my lambs aren't old enough to be weaned but I find that sometimes they get under the stock fencing to 'visit' their dad who doesn't really take any notice of them.
When it comes to weaning my ram lambs I intend to put them in with their dad until its their time to go. At that stage they will be too big to get back under the fencing to mum.
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kelly58

  • Joined Mar 2013
  • Highlands, Scotland
  • Home is were my animals are.
Re: Tups
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 11:56:34 am »
Many thanks all  :thumbsup:

 

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