Loving the herd life
- Oct 31, 2021
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- Northland, New Zealand
We do plan on doing a ram young and being very quick to discipline and see what happens. Have had great success with our roos and toms when it comes to showing a firm hand while they were tiny and manageable.Y’all are figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Getting goat bottle babies was a good decision as is getting lamb bottle babies. Bit of advice, don’t raise a ram bottle baby. He will have no fear or respect for you and will get Rammy sooner. Most rams take about 18 months for the monster to show up, but there are exceptions to every rule. But you might be able to use a ram for a couple of breedings before sending him to Freezer Camp.
That being said, we do intend to cull every year after breeding unless we end up pleasantly surprised and get a nice boy, so it's good to know 18 months is when they turn nasty. I've heard they are a bit different with women as handlers and consider them flock members with the husband getting the brunt of the bad behaviour as they are seen as competition.
We did have a ram that came with the property and he never once put his head down and always kept a respectful distance, but I culled him because he was a big boy and I didn't trust that I could handle him all by myself, as husband leaves all the husbandry to me even tho he's the muscly one😅