Walte is a large purebred registered Cotswold ram. Cotswold sheeo were once the sheep of choice, bred for their fine wool that is lustrous and curled, and their large sweet carcass. Walter's first year here was problematic though. He was used to being fed grain, and a fair bit of it. Converting him to strictly hay meant that he lost weight, so much so, he was a skinny skinny ram. I supplemented with alfalfa sprinkled on the hay to encourage him to eat more hay. Then when he was sheared, it became evident that he had sores all over his body. The veterinarian identified them as a rampant staph infection, and he required treatment. The antibiotic caused the coccidia bacteria that all sheep have to get out of control and he needed amprolium to fix that. I cannot say that he had the greatest track record. However; since that terrible first year, he has improved immensely. He sired most of the babies the first and second year except the Icelandics and Jacobs. Next year, he will sire all the ewes except the Icelandics. His babies are big and strong and robust with lovely fleece. There is one purebred Cotswold ewe, not related, and two purebred Cotswold ewe lambs that are his. Walter is double the size of the other rams on the Fat Ewe Farm and he is halter trained. He was quite expensive as rams go, but he has proven his worth over and again. Plus, he is a really cool dude!
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