The Tups are out!

It’s that time of year again. The tups (rams) are out doing their thing, hopefully producing lots of lambs for next March. We have 3 rams – Rocky, Fergus and Squire and they each have about 50 ewes to ‘serve’. We leave them in for 5 weeks which is 2 full cycles and most are served in the first cycle and lamb within 3 weeks.
Each ram has a crayon on his chest which marks the ewe’s bottom when she’s mated and we use different colours for each ram so we know at a glance which ewe had mated with which ram. All very complicated but well worth it. The next scary time is the week before Christmas when we scan them to see if it’s all worked out! Watch this space….

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Dodging the showers

Got about half the ewes and lambs home for shearing this morning. It’s always a bit of a gamble as we don’t want them home too soon or for too long but we must have them dry for shearing on Tuesday. Wet sheep are difficult to shear and the wool goes mouldy.

The rest are coming home by lorry tomorrow. Charlie can move most of them in his lorry in a couple of trips so it saves us hours of time and fuel.

If you saw Charlie’s lorry you’d think he was called ‘Charles’ but its written like that because he couldn’t find an ‘i’ in his lettering set!

We’ll also sort some lambs from this lot tomorrow and maybe wean the oldest group. We always try to do as many jobs as we can while they’re at home as its so much easier and in the dry!

Had a great market in Tenbury Wells yesterday – it’s a new one which looks very promising. Useful takings despite appalling weather and a lot of support from the public. Only problem was the wind which has wrecked our gazebo so Whyle House Lamb will need a new one which wasn’t in the budget!

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