Monday, November 26, 2007

yes, they can....

If your question is.... Can my sheep actually breed thru the fence? My answer is yes, they can.
Somehow, they also manage to do this deed while the shepherd has a house full of city relatives....and a new client on the phone.
"Look! That ram must be out....he is mounting that ewe.....Oh No! Is that the "old lady?" He's getting that old-lady, Mom, we're going out to catch him." When I did get off the phone, which audible content would confuse even an experienced shepherd.....I found my family standing around in wonder. Only an 8 year old ewe could back up to a young ram's fencing in such a way that he could get not only his front legs thru the fence and onto the ewe....but also the other inportant equipment.
Well, I wasn't going to breed Kitty, one of my first three ewes, and already eight going on nine. However, Kitty decided that since I was free to sell off her only remaining daughter this week....Kitty could breed again. I hope she gets a daughter. We let her inside the ram's pen, and returned to our Thanksgiving activities. Those activities mostly involved eating. Mixed with a little dowsing and digging in the dirt. At least it wasn't the "old-lady, Dawn, she is 13 going on 14....and her friend, Maeve, a spry 11 going on 12 was cycling this week. I had to go outside in the dark and drag Maeve bodily away from the ram pen and into the "safe" night pasture.
Yup, time to put the rams away for the season.....before any more spry "old-ladies" get the idea.

5 Comments:

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

From the tales I've heard tell, Shetland sheep must be the horniest creatures on four hooves! Although I did work at a youth camp one summer where the resident stallion (kept to sire replacement string horses because he was dog-gentle and no threat to the kids) did the same thing. Mares would back up to his 8-ft-tall pipe corral and he would breed them through the barrier.... Glad you're back with a new post!

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger Pat's Place said...

What a hilarious posting - made me giggle out loud!

Hope your Thanksgiving was more than entertaining - glad some or all the kids could be with you for the holiday.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Nancy K. said...

Welcome back! You were missed!!

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Karen B. said...

I guess where there's a will-there's a way. Those ewes will simply not tolerate missing out on a breeding season, too funny.

Come and visit me, okay?

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Gail V said...

Oh Peeps, that was the funniest thing I've heard! What a visual I got on that! And your guests, too, I take it.
Many yuks.
Glad to hear from you again, and I look forward to the tales and photos to come.

 

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