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#1 2017-10-05 14:13:05

heda gobbler
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Breeding season approaches...

I usually put the ram (s) in with the ewes November 1 for early April lambs but I am wondering if I should this year.  I haven't sold many 2017 lambs this year so will have to overwinter a lot. The fires over the summer killed almost all livestock sales from what I can tell.  Everyone is stretched for pasture, barns and cash.  The nearest abattoir has no butcher so isn't operating and from what I can tell the next nearest abattoir is at least a six hour drive away.  The stockyards don't handle sheep of any kind.

Things could be very different in the spring and weaned lambs are easiest age to sell but I think it is probably wisest to keep the ram (s) penned this year.  Maybe just maybe put best fleece ram in with just a couple of best fleeced ewes.  Don't think I could stand a year without lambs!

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#2 2017-10-05 16:35:14

barnyardcritters Jr.
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Re: Breeding season approaches...

Oh man. I can imagine that would have an effect and will probably linger on even into next year too. Hopefully all can get their lives back together after this summer. For you guys in B.C. had quite the experience!


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#3 2017-10-05 22:28:08

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Re: Breeding season approaches...

heda gobbler wrote:

I usually put the ram (s) in with the ewes November 1 for early April lambs but I am wondering if I should this year.  I haven't sold many 2017 lambs this year so will have to overwinter a lot. The fires over the summer killed almost all livestock sales from what I can tell.  Everyone is stretched for pasture, barns and cash.  The nearest abattoir has no butcher so isn't operating and from what I can tell the next nearest abattoir is at least a six hour drive away.  The stockyards don't handle sheep of any kind.

Things could be very different in the spring and weaned lambs are easiest age to sell but I think it is probably wisest to keep the ram (s) penned this year.  Maybe just maybe put best fleece ram in with just a couple of best fleeced ewes.  Don't think I could stand a year without lambs!

Is it possible that because of this wretched summer, lambs will be in short supply, so the price will be very good next spring? Might be worth it......

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#4 2017-10-06 00:22:40

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Re: Breeding season approaches...

I skipped breeding last fall as I hadn't sold any of my spring lambs, I managed to sell all of them this year but having very little pasture I went through a lot of hay over winter. Better to wait till your current lambs are sold with such limited resources.

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#5 2017-10-06 02:24:37

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Re: Breeding season approaches...

Heda, even here livestock sales were slow.  I have not sold many either.  If you dont sell them young, it seems no one wants them...and they want them early in the season.  I will be putting the ram in this weekend.


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#6 2017-10-06 03:24:59

heda gobbler
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Re: Breeding season approaches...

it is true, all the interest is in weaned lambs.  Mine were weaned in July and August, no one was buying then.  Now we are in a brief time when people are looking for a new ram, then things will go quiet for the winter.  Yet you are still putting your ram in Sue?

Several of the Shetland breeders I know have retired while others haven't kept a ram in a while.  Ominous perhaps?


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#7 2017-10-06 12:33:08

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Re: Breeding season approaches...

Yes, he will go in this weekend.  I find that if I have weaned lambs when the grass is green and the season is early they sell.  I can also sell them more cheaply since they have not used many resources at this time.  People like the lower price point.


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#8 2017-10-06 12:34:18

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Re: Breeding season approaches...

I also seem to have a better, healthier lambing season when I lamb while the ewes are still on hay and not pasture.


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