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'Chastity belt' for a ram?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Sheep' started by Iceblink, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Feb 11, 2010
    Iceblink

    Iceblink Exploring the pasture

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    I'd like to let my ram lamb graze with my 2 ewes this summer, but I don't want them bred until late fall. He's a bottle baby, so he's inside at this point, and I know it will be a few months before he'll be mature enough to breed anyway, but at that point I'd like to not have to separate him.

    Does anyone use anything to keep their rams from breeding until the right time?
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    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    Most people use a separate pen for them.
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    jhm47

    jhm47 Loving the herd life

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    What breed are they? There are quite a few breeds that only breed when the daylength is getting shorter. However, there are some breeds that will breed at any time of year.
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    Iceblink

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    Ram is Dorper/Katahdin, ewes are Dorper and ShetlandX.

    KS - I will pen him separately if I have to, but I was hoping there would be some other way.
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    jhm47

    jhm47 Loving the herd life

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    I am not familiar with those breeds. Perhaps someone else who is will be able to advise on their breeding tendencies.
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    aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie The Shepherd

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    If it were me, I might graze them together until he was about 5 months old, and then separate them. Unless he's unusually large, then I may separate them earlier. You'd be surprised what "little" rams can reach to breed. ;)
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    Beekissed

    Beekissed Loving the herd life

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    I'd keep them separate...the hair breeds are known to mature early and the gals are pretty hot to trot every month of the year. Don't want to have a too early breeding on your hands and ruin a good ewe.

    It's also good if you can keep them VERY separate, as the ram will walk himself silly along that fence line and it's pretty pitiful to watch.

    I know sheep do better when they have a companion and, if you have the room, some folks keep a wether in with the ram for this purpose.
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    Iceblink

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    The ewes are old enough to breed at any time. I don't have a whole lot of room, that's why I was trying to find a way to keep them together.

    Has anyone kept a ram and a buck together? Would they just fight all the time?

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