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|SCL||Posted 08/17/12 10:05AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I put my ram in on August 1, he marked a few of the ewes right away. He is now marking the same ewes again. There are some ewes that he hasn't even marked yet. I'm only breeding 16 ewes this year.
I used this same ram last year and had some trouble with him getting the ewes bred. Last year he didn't end up breeding them until October, so I had way later lambs than I expected or wanted. I'm having him tested on Monday. I should have went ahead and had him tested sooner, but he did breed my ewes so I thought he would be fine this year. Last year he was only a ram lamb when I used him.
Does anyone have any suggestions or comments about this?
|SHADOWRAN||Posted 08/17/12 10:17AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|could it be the weather? out here I haven't put my ram is its just to hot to chance it, I don't want a dead ram, I can live with some later lambs.
My brother lives in MD and I thought he said its been hot there, jmo
|Sheepherder007||Posted 08/17/12 11:26AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|Heat is always an issue in ram fertility. Areas of the country are seeing unusually high temperatures that are normal here in August and we cannot get sheep bred for year end lambs here very sucessfully because of the heat.
You are on right track getting him tested.
Another issue is moving a ram to a normally warmer area and expecting him to breed before getting acclimated. It is not going to happen in most cases.
|SCL||Posted 08/17/12 11:53AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|We have had some hot weather lately, so I hope thats the problem. I kind of figured that the first ones he bred wasn't going to take, because now that I think about it he attempted to breed them as soon as he went in. I'll feel better once he's tested.|
|EmsoffLambs||Posted 08/17/12 01:58PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|1st of August may be a bit early for your ewes to be cycling as well. So even if he was fertile then, they may not have been.|
|SCL||Posted 08/17/12 03:43PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|I thought might be the case as well that the ewes are not cycling yet.
|DonD1||Posted 08/17/12 10:21PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|If he's remarking all the ewes marked the first time the yellow flag should be up as some would normally settle. You should know if it's him when you get him tested. I'd expect the rest of your ewes to cycle either this time or next time. Lot of ewes will get marked for early January lambs but not stick. We see most ewes getting marked for late January lambs sticking and almost all ewes bred for Feb lambs breeding that time.|
|SCL||Posted 08/18/12 08:41PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|There are a couple of ewes that he hasn't remarked yet, over the next few days we will see if he does or doesn't. Hopefully he doesn't, we are holding our breath. |
|SCL||Posted 08/18/12 08:54PM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|But you know he has to be fertile he breed last year, just a little later than I wanted. He was young though and it was extremely hot last year. It hasn't been as hot here lately.|
|Kyhampbreeder||Posted 08/19/12 08:04AM Changed 00/00/00 12:00AM|
|It's not unheard of for a ram be be sterile even though he was fertile as a buck lamb. |
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