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QUESTION
I am renting a pasture for my sheep and therefore have ALOT of limitations. I have lambs born this past March, and am concerned about the upcoming fall breeding season. I do not plan for the lambs to be bred yet but I am unable to separate or remove them (there are only three)from the pasture with the others. Will the ram harm them or attempt to breed them, even at such a young age (barely puberty)? Please help with some advise! It would be appreciated. Thank you.


ANSWER

A ram probably will not try to harm any ewe lambs you have unless he is very agressive. He will however have to contend with any ram lambs you have and may do harm to them. A ram will attempt to breed any ewe lambs in the group as soon as they reach puberty and come into heat. Depending on the breeding of the ewe lambs, they will reach puberty anywhere from 5 to 10 months. If the lambs were born in March, that means they were concieved in October, and the lambs you have will be seven months old then. You will need to be very observant of the group to see if the stud ram becomes interested in them. I think it would be best if you could remove the lambs before adding the stud ram, but if that is impossible, it is impossible. Good Luck... AR Cobb, Sheep Extension Specialist







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