I was able to put my breeding groups together this past Monday, September 24th. I had originally planned on trying to get them together on the 15th for early February lambs but breeding on the 24th has put the first lambs on the ground around the 15th of February. The boys were very happy (once they figured out what was going on!), and seemed to be cooperative. Raider had been breaking out of his pasture a couple days before breeding group moving – I took that as an indicator to get my act together! Raider was done waiting for me. 🙂
Raider’s girls are: Mud Ranch’s Rose, Castle Rock Sprinkles, Newberry Aspen, Newberry Ponderosa, and Windy Acres Claire.
I’d say Raider is quite satisfied with his current living arrangements, don’t you think? Raider is our “Good Ol’ Boy” – the ram that has lasted the longest here at Mud Ranch. He has a very calm personality (My husband can hold one top horn and walk him like a dog, without a halter or collar. He goes anywhere.) and throws lovely length and crimp on his lamb’s fleeces. I have also been able to get some lovely horn sweeps, especially in two horned.
Lancelot’s breeding group consists of: Mud Ranch’s Edna, Kenleigh’s Bliss, Mud Ranch’s Sarah Jane, Blue Ewe Meg, Mud Ranch’s Loretta, Kenleigh’s Arabella, Mud Ranch’s Joy, Castle Rock Aphrodite, Kenleigh’s Demure, Sagebrush Lura, and Mud Ranch’s Sierra.
All but one of Lancelot’s group are known lilacs or lilac carriers – only one is a “unknown” and is an expirament. Bliss’ sire threw a lot of lilac for me when I had his first crop of lambs back in 2007, even though he was a black and white himself. Overall I think these girls paired with Lancelot have great potential.
Tristan’s Breeding Group consists of: Kenleigh’s Serenity, Mud Ranch’s Layne, Mud Ranch’s Joanne, Castle Rock Princess, Mud Ranch’s Forsythia, Meridian Lavender, Mud Ranch’s Lou Ellen, Mud Ranch’s Selene, and Mud Ranch’s Ruby.
I am a two horned lover. Tristan is definitely a favorite ram for me. His build, his blue eyes, his nice symmetrical horn sweep, and his personality, and his ability to throw lilac are all top notch in my eyes. I’ve paired him with some girls who have color background or horn background and am doing some expiramenting in the fleece department, as well as structure. With how well Tristan performed for me last year, I’ve no doubt he’ll do well again this next spring.
Last, but certainly not least is Mud Ranch’s Fennel and his girls. Fennel is a ram lamb that I have finally retained for myself. It has taken me years to get to the point of keeping my own ram – mainly because of genetic diversity. I had planned to keep a couple previously but something always went wrong, such as a freckled fleece or horns growing too close (the latter taking up residence on my Grandmother’s old trunk as a bedroom decoration and protector to the furniature – as a pelt).
Fennel’s Breeding Group: Puddleduck Wanda, Kenleigh’s Paisley, Mud Ranch’s Violet, Mud Ranch’s Emma, Meridian Olive, Mud Ranch’s Fanny, Mud Ranch’s Crocus, Mud Ranch’s Stardust, and Mud Ranch’s Kiri.
Fennel certainly seems to enjoy his new lot in life. I think he’s grateful to be out of the ram lamb pasture and in with these lovely ladies. As you can see, his left side horn was broken as a lamb back in May and it has grown back in very nicely. I’m glad to see it is still taking the wide sweep. I’m looking forward to seeing what he produces this next spring.
Looking forward to a bouncing spring starting in February!
Well I’m starring lambing season right in the nostrils right now — I expect lambs as early as this weekend, if not a couple days ahead if they’re all on the same schedule as me. Which, we’re probably not as synchronized as I like to think. It’s hard to believe that I was just making lists and checking them twice a little over five months ago, putting ewes in with rams that I thought would blend well. I think that’s the fun part of lambing, to see if your theories work out like you anticipate.
Here’s Tristan’s group the day after they were put together, October 4th. He had the pleasure of keeping company to some lovely ladies (some of which I had forgotten were in with him — and I was pleasantly surprised): Serenity, Violet, Sierra, Lily, Paisley, Aphrodite, Hazel, Joy and Beltie.
Wrangler’s Group, taken the same day: Kiri, Sophia, Susannah, Emma, Loretta, Cordelia, Joanne, Winifred, Stephanie, Stardust, Sprinkles and April. He had several marked on the first day, but I guess he had a reputation of getting a little overly excited. We have since lost Wrangler so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for a replacement ram lamb out of either Winifred or Sprinkles.
Part of Lancelot’s Breeding Group, photo taken the same day: Lura, Bliss, Demure, Edna, Francine, Lou Ellen, Ruby, Sarah Jane, Meg, Tiffany and (Champagne) Bubbles. He also had a handful of ewe lambs in with him due to lack of pasture space to keep them separated – he was also the first ram removed from his group so I’m really hoping he didn’t breed the younger girls. Only time will tell!
Unfortunately Raider’s group never got photographed but his list of lovely ladies is: Rose, Boudicca, Princess, Cyan, Stella and Kiara.
Hold on to your hats and glasses because lambs will be arriving before we know it! 😀