A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE OLD RAM

The Old Ram-Australia

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G'day folks,so, my girl Meg had her pups the other night.Thought you might enjoy some photos.She had 3 boys and 1 girl,they are Kelpie/Border Collie X ,with a cut of Dingo......T.O.R.
 

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Looks like they are fat and sassy. Meg is doing a good job.

You are getting into fall and colder temps correct? How are the sheep doing? How is the grass holding up? Have you had any unusual weather patterns?
Are you using the new rams yet for breeding/, or are you waiting to put them in at a certain time to get lambs at a certain time?
Hope things are staying quiet and status quo with Jenny.
 

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G'day, in answer to FJ's questions. The consistent rain has caused a few foot problems inspite of the fact we have them on the highest grazing pastures.Generally speaking the Jan/Feb period is a hot/dry time,but this year we had no Summer to speak of and went straight to Fall,that ment all of our cool season grasses/year round Natives woke up early,so along with the standing dry warm season leftovers we have lots of fresh green for the stock to graze on.(although it has a high moisture content so the standing dry is a bonus).In Dec many local farmers were encouraged to slash the standing dry,but this has not been the right path as it turns out.

The new boys are in with a small group of tall Nth Africian ewes along with some very strong Middle Eastern types.The bulk of the ewes are running with an Awassi ram,to get a better milking gene in the resulting lambs.

The bulk of our gene pool evolved in a harsh ,dry climate and are oppertunuity breeders ,and thats what we allow to happen.All of our killer boys are sold for just 2 special Muslum occasions which at the monment falls mid-year and because we specialise in the type of sheep from their homelands with the same management and taste to boot we has no trouble selling everything we have on offer.

LATE NEWS : my other girl Tina had 3 female pups last night,OMG, it;s going to be a busy time ahead...T.O.R.
 

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G'day folks,yesterday evening we had delivered (after a almost 9 month wait,due to Covid restrictions) the last peice in our breeding jigsaw. 4 rams,Compisites bred from Red Meatmasters.As you can see from the photos they are pretty impressive in lots of ways and will have a very good impact going forward to the prodgeny...T.O.R.
I have never see sheep like that. But easy to see that they are quality rams with great conformation.

Fascinating.

Remind me of Brahman cattle... I am sure because of those ears.
 

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G'day folks,Tina lost one of her pups ,there must have been an issue because she refuced to feed it,still she is doing a great job on the other 2. Next time I will try for a photo.
Megs are going great guns and their eyes will be open at the end of the week ,when I will start feeding them as well as Megs milk.T.O.R.
 

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Sorry about the lost pup, but as you know from many years, if the mother refuses to take care of it, feed it or whatever, she usually has a sixth sense of something being wrong and it is nature's way to not try to "salvage" an animal that cannot compete in the "real world". It is a hard thing but sometimes survival of the fittest is the best. Glad that the others are all doing so good.
Does Jenny take any pleasure in the dogs or the puppies? Can she share that with you still?
Hope the sheep are all doing good. It must be a very busy time there with you getting ready for the cold weather.
 

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Sorry about the lost pup, but as you know from many years, if the mother refuses to take care of it, feed it or whatever, she usually has a sixth sense of something being wrong and it is nature's way to not try to "salvage" an animal that cannot compete in the "real world". It is a hard thing but sometimes survival of the fittest is the best. Glad that the others are all doing so good.
Does Jenny take any pleasure in the dogs or the puppies? Can she share that with you still?
Hope the sheep are all doing good. It must be a very busy time there with you getting ready for the cold weather.
Hi FJ, we follow SOTF in all our livestock endevors,no Jenny really does not ingage with the dogs or pups anymore,she sees my dogs running about and understands I have to have them to move the sheep,maybe when their eyes are open and they come over close to the house she may engage a bit.Yes ,a busy time ,today is showery,windy and only 7c feels like mid winter.T.O.R.
 
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