A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE OLD RAM

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G'day and thank you all for your messages of support,i am heartened and comforted by your messages.

In answer to the questions.In the last 6 months the management of the farm has been modified to reduce the workload.We have always paddock lambed with as little disturbance and intervention as possible,we do not hand feed unless exceptional circumstances apply.Apart from the new sheep which can lamb anytime our first lambing will be our Suffolk's which were joined to the Australian White and this will start in a few weeks time (and i cant wait for the results).Jenny takes care of her chooks and her two dogs.My doges have a 2 km run each day while i drive the truck and check the far ewe group.All the others are observed from the drivers seat.My dogs are then fed and Jenny brings in the wood for the fire from the wood shed "she built" years ago.

So today i managed a few pic's for you all.
1.The Awassi's have discovered the mineral mix.
2.The new Awassi lamb(spotted one,its a ram).
3. B.H. Dorper lamb.
4. B.H. Dorper twins.
5. One of the Damara lambs can be spotted.

Hope you all enjoy the pic's,i will update as time permits.......T.O.R.
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They all look healthy and happy. I’m glad that you are able to get out and go check on them. Just being able to lay eyes on them and see the new lambs has to make you smile. Glad that Jenny is pitching in and able to do her part, even more so because it makes her happy. Thanks for the pictures!
 

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G'day folks,O.K.so it's not a very good shot , but the lamb was only 24 hours old and mum was not taking any chances.At this time sex is unknown.

The exciting new news is almost here.It will be another day or two before you get details and pic's,but i can say this the new group is an exotic desert breed and almost all of the ewe group have lambs at foot or are about to lamb.Hang in there it wont be long now......T.O
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I guess we have to wait on the exciting news! You throw out a teaser like that! Lambing is exciting, no matter what the breed, it is fun to see all the babies.
 

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G'day folks,well here is the new news.The story behind us getting them is an interesting one in itself.We were driving home past a neighbors farm(he is a dyed in the wool cow man) and I spotted this mob of sheep running down his drive and i immediately knew the breed as i had inquired about them about 18 months ago (and "my god " they were expensive).So down his drive we go and asked about his new sheep,"Bloody sheep ",he exclaims they escaped from a farm about 6 kms away and are eating everybody's scarce feed.

The next step is to contact the local ranger to find out the story.the owners fences are "shot" and his sheep are wandering everywhere including the rangers own block.The owner is on holidays in Bali,so i say we would be interested in buying his whole flock and in due course we get a phone call and go and have a look and arrive at a price for the mob.So we get them home some have lambed and so still have a bit to go.They have been so "underfed" that the "fat tails" are non existent at the minute and about 6 or so are rams from last year ,some quite good types amongst them too.

They are Persians and are a desert breed much favored by the royal family's in the Middle East.The Black Headed one is the breed used to produce the Black headed Dorper.

In the future I will use a ram from this group over the Awassi/East Friesian"s we got recently to increase the Spotted type in the lambs.
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Wow! Wow! And Wow! :celebrate What are the chances of a deal like that falling into your lap? :weeeThat is unbelievable. :clap They are so pretty too, all spotty. :love How many are in the flock?
 

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G'day folks, so today Jenny and i ear tagged and accessed the new flock.It seems we have a mix of straight bred Persians and Persians /Damara x's.

In total we have 20 ewes ,6 rams ,3 wethers ,2 ewe lambs and 4 ram lambs so far.I suspect that there a few more wandering the district and we will endevour to track them down over the coming weeks.

Because we have some Damara X's/Darama's i will select a ram from the new group to go to out Damara /Darama /Wiltipol X's next year to test the results and if they do not produce what we want they can always "be eaten".

I am extremely happy with the straight bred Persians in the group and will breed them true next season...T.O.R.
 
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