It is the season to send the rams to the breeding ewes. They do not know it yet, because they are relatively isolated from the rest of the farm, but I see that a few of them are becoming interested in each other, so the hormones are running high. The little Babydoll ram, the white one, will be put in with the ewe lambs. There are four Babydoll ewe lambs, ready to breed and two or three others that likely will take, but the rest are a bit young. The advantage of using the tiny ram is, of course, tiny babies. On the other hand, Walter, the Cotswold ram, is the largest boy on the farm after Winston, the Suffolk who used to be a boy. Steven, the two horned Jacob will breed the single Jacob ewe and two others and Eric will have the privilege of breeding the two Icelandic ewes and the new ewe Icelandic ewe lamb. Then Walter will just have to do all the others, poor guy. That will leave him about ten ladies, all to himself. Walter is a good natured, good looking purebred Cotswold ram that is positive for colour, though he is white. If he breeds a ewe positive for colour, then coloured babies may result. Last year's lambs were vigorous, healthy and strong, sired by Walter, Eric and Steven. I am hoping for another excellent healthy crop this year. Here's to you, boys!
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