Tupping

The place to chat, fluff your feathers, and let off steam!
Post Reply
User avatar
Hen-Gen
Full Member
Posts: 1103
Joined: Mon May 15, 2017 5:12 pm

Tupping

Post by Hen-Gen »

695BDE7B-1037-4A91-ACEC-96E0A2A63304.png
695BDE7B-1037-4A91-ACEC-96E0A2A63304.png (211.73 KiB) Viewed 108 times
So it all begins again next week. Those lambs are those some of you saw in the Shetland Times 20 months ago. The ewe was super milky and raised her triplets daughters to be fine sheep.
2369294E-115D-4918-99C2-0570DCCC13FF.png
2369294E-115D-4918-99C2-0570DCCC13FF.png (240.7 KiB) Viewed 103 times
That’s him, the Whitefaced Woodland ram,arriving here from Edale about 4-5 weeks ago. He was tired and angry!
A cottage on an island in the eye of the storm
User avatar
LadyA
Full Member
Posts: 1075
Joined: Sat May 20, 2017 9:15 am

Re: Tupping

Post by LadyA »

He's very aristocratic looking - don't his horns interfere with his vision?

Sent from my SM-A415F using Tapatalk

Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself!
User avatar
LadyA
Full Member
Posts: 1075
Joined: Sat May 20, 2017 9:15 am

Re: Tupping

Post by LadyA »

I do like the "girls " - lovely colour!

Sent from my SM-A415F using Tapatalk

Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself!
User avatar
dianefairhall
Regular Forum Contributor / Laying Well
Posts: 590
Joined: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:26 pm

Re: Tupping

Post by dianefairhall »

Our neighbours went to Inverness last month to buy new tups. I don't know what they do with the old ones. Pass them on, I hope. Nice looking tup, HG.
User avatar
Hen-Gen
Full Member
Posts: 1103
Joined: Mon May 15, 2017 5:12 pm

Re: Tupping

Post by Hen-Gen »

That’s the problem Diane. If your keeping daughters for future breeding then every two years you need fresh rams to prevent father/daughter matings.
In another field I have four ewes and a ram borrowed from a neighbour in order to produce an unrelated ram for two years time. One of the good things up here is that everyone knows how expensive it is to import sheep so stock is bred with the expectation that it can be sold within the islands. I expect something similar happens in Lewis though importation costs are lower. Fortunately aforesaid neighbour has both parents and children in Lancashire who he visits once a year and while he’s down south he buys rams.
A cottage on an island in the eye of the storm
Margaid
Full Member
Posts: 1880
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:27 pm

Re: Tupping

Post by Margaid »

They all look fantastic Hen-Gen. Good luck with the breeding programme.
bigyetiman
Full Member
Posts: 1897
Joined: Tue May 16, 2017 8:27 pm

Re: Tupping

Post by bigyetiman »

Borrowing rams goes on around here. Our neighbour has just had a flock of Herdwick ewes arrive, to go along with his other breeds. Nice to see him looking forward, he had bladder cancer diagnosed in March, big operation speedily followed. So he has done well with help from OH this year
User avatar
dianefairhall
Regular Forum Contributor / Laying Well
Posts: 590
Joined: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:26 pm

Re: Tupping

Post by dianefairhall »

Herdwicks are lovely sheep, BYM. Their little black lambs are so cute.

Yes, good luck with the breeding programme, HG.
Post Reply

Return to “The Dustbath”