Monday, November 4, 2013
Emmet is a happy Ram today. He has been in the pasture with the ewes since Saturday.
We sorted ewes, lambs, and Rams and put everyone where they belong for the next few weeks.
As you can see it was muddy, but we got everything set up and everyone moved. We still have some improvements to make with our corral system, but compared to years past , moving sheep has become a lot easier with just the few additional pieces of equipment. I had the camera and was planning on taking pictures of our sorting gate etc., but once we got to work, I completely forgot!
In case you are wondering, Emmet is wearing a ram harness. The harness has a blue crayon block and we can write down when the ewes have been bred. In about 17 days I will put in a red crayon, that way I can see if anyone was marked again and I can adjust the lambing date.
The Tunis ewes are in the barnyard with the Tunis Ram, he is wearing a green marker. We don't use the ram harnesses every year but with different rams and so many more ewes, it will help us keep track of things a little better.
Max is the only unhappy sheep right now, he was put in the barn, away from all of the ewes. I do not plan on using him this year.
I am the unhappy shepherdess, because my shoulder has been sore all weekend from him not wanting to be moved into the barn and doing his best to take us for a ride! I am not a fan of big, ornery rams right now!