Today we got all the rams, adults and yearlings, into one big group. It’s a lot easier to manage a big bunch of rams instead of several small groups.
The first step is to cram everybody into a tiny space with almost no room to run. This also gets them all smelling like each other and reduces significant fights later.
We put in a lot of hay and make sure they are hungry when they go in. Once the hay is eaten there is a bit more room. Rams will stay in the tiny area until there is no more fighting. Then we slowly increase the size of the area until they are in the whole pen. The process can take several weeks from start to finish.
The beachball ewe, Desert Weyr Tanwen finally lambed today. She had a 9 pound 9 ounce ram lamb that was coming head only. I got the feet forward and then had to help due to his size. His twin sister was a nice robust 7 pound 9 ounce lamb. All three are doing well.