[Jacob-list] last fertile date question
patchworkfibers at alltel.net
Mon Nov 26 19:22:40 EST 2007
I had one ewe last year that just didn't like my choice of her partner. I finally gave up and put her with another ram on Christmas day. She bred right away. I frequently leave the groups together until Christmas, but seldom have lambs in May - but if I waited and introduced the ewes to the rams at Christmas, I bet I'd get alot of lambs in late May and June. If I introduce them earlier (usually October), they are usually all bred within a month so I don't get May lambs. I have purchased ewes that were born in the summer months, as late as August.
PS - are you coming to MSWF in 2008?
Registered Jacob Sheep, Angora Rabbits, Handspun Yarn
> Hi Jacob ListersA question for all of you -- how late are the ewes
> fertile? My own experience is that some breeding happened until
> mid December. Am wondering because I am cutting back on size of
> breeding this year partly because of the drought's affect on my
> pastures and partly because I had such a huge number (for me
> anyway) of lambs this year -- with 35. I have in the past put all
> the flock back together in January but have set things up so I can
> keep boys and girls separate with two feeders if necessary.
> I also am trying a different method of selecting my first breeding
> group this year. I just set up my primary flock sire (Bideawee
> Maurice) with 8 ewes but I actually just opened a gate to let the
> ewes pick who wanted in with him : ) Actually I am not breeding
> any of the lamb ewes so avoided any daughters with him. I did keep
> some out that wanted in but an interesting group. Some of my
> 'best' ewes in terms of fleece and lamb quality! hmmm
> Will rely on my younger ram lambs and progeny tests for the
> remainder of the season hopefully into December.
> take care all
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