How to tell if a ewe is pregnant

Thomas Jakeman

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So I'm going to pick up some Romney sheep on Wednesday and the farm I am getting them from messaged me today to say that one of the sheep has been exposed to their ram. But they don't use a marker so they don't know if she was bred. Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for over the next couple of months or any way of telling if she is pregnant?
Thank you in advance.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum. I'm sure that you will find advice from this forum invaluable in managing you sheep (goats, rabbits, dogs, cats, significant others etc)

The only reliable way of telling if sheep are pregnant in the early stages that I am aware of (first 3 months or so.....average gestation 147 days) is either scanning or a blood test. The main lamb growth is in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy and things are usually pretty obvious then.....belly and udder swell, sometimes dramatically.

Ewes are only fertile for about 36 hours every 3 weeks during the breeding season in seasonal breeders, so it depends as to whether the ram was there at the 'critical time'. If he was and/or the seller saw her mated, she is likely to be pregnant. Sheep are usually highly fertile.

Good luck (if you want lambs). What a silly statement.....who could NOT want lambs?
 

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