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Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« on: May 31, 2022, 04:22:19 pm »
Unfortunately it seems I haven't managed to band two of my ram lambs properly  :-[. They both have a distinct bump up tight to the abdomen although the scrotum itself has dropped off. So I clearly didn't get one or both plums in the sack. And one certainly is behaving in quite a rammy way today, sniffing and "growling" round the ewes etc.

They are currently 2 months old (born 30 March/1 April) and I had intended leaving them with the mums till end of August, but should I get them away sooner, maybe end July or even earlier? They will be off to slaughter end of Oct. There are two other lambs with them who I think have been properly wethered - my husband did those!

twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2022, 06:14:08 pm »
Probably 12 weeks to be safe. Although technically they should be infertile as the body temp in the abdomen is higher than if it was in the sack, but I wouldn’t risk it!

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Dumfries & Galloway
Re: Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2022, 06:17:58 pm »
I wouldn't worry the testes are high and so kept hot and effectively sterile  the only danger is when it goes very very cold in say jan then they can be fertile , they will be more ram like and show ram behaviour

Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2022, 07:39:27 am »
OK, thanks. End of June it is then. They are Wiltshire Horn x Soay - size of a WH, attitude of a Soay!

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
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Re: Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2022, 08:28:38 am »
Some farmers use rigging on purpose to make teaser rams.  You will be fine until the weather gets very cold, like below -10C (below 0.)

Edited to add link to my "unexpected lambs mid May in far north of England" story... 
« Last Edit: June 01, 2022, 08:32:21 am by SallyintNorth »
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Richmond

  • Joined Sep 2020
  • Norfolk
Re: Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2022, 08:35:18 am »
OK. Well I doubt we'll get down to those temps in Norfolk before August so maybe they can all stay together for a bit longer.

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Re: Rigs - how long to keep with mums
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2022, 11:14:26 am »
Weaning is recomended at 10 - 12 weeks so just wean and separate at 10 weeks
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