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Congratulations to Saville 122, Bust!  Our Spring Calendar Girl of the Month!

Harbingers of spring...

Dora and Saville 122 attending to our first new arrivals last year...

In 2004, we put our ewes in with the rams on November 15, 2004 and removed them on December 14, 2004.  This was the year that Elizabeth broke her ankle and Ron was managing the sheep by himself and decided that in view of the "exigencies of the service," he concluded that one month was going to have to get the job done!  Not to worry... every single ewe settled, and the result included five sets of triplets and ten sets of twins!   That's 38 lambs from 18 ewes in one month of cycle exposure with the rams.  They all delivered during April 2005.  Check out these results,  a 211 percent lambing yield with a uniform distribution of multiples per ram (4 rams):

 

2005 Lambing Schedule


   Dam         Lambing Date     Sire Rams Ewes Total
Saville 115 April 18, 2005 132 1 1 2
Saville 116 April 17, 2005 132 1 1 2
Saville 122 April 24, 2005 132 1 1 2
Saville 136 April 13, 2005 132 2 - 2
Saville 151 April 25, 2005 132 1 1 2
Saville 155 April 29, 2005 203 1 1 2
Saville 182 April 21, 2005 203 2 1 3
Saville 189 April 20, 2005 203 1 1 2
Saville 194 April 15, 2005 203 1 - 1
Saville 196 April 11, 2005 187 2 1 3
Saville 200 April 21, 2005 187 1 1 2
Saville 205 April 16, 2005 187 3 - 3
Saville 206 April 19, 2005 187 - 1 1
Saville 213 April 14, 2005 187 1 - 1
Saville 216 April 14, 2005 187 2 - 2
Saville 226 April 19, 2005 199 2 1 3
Saville 228 April 12, 2005 199 2 - 2
Saville 231 April 9, 2005 199 1 2 3
           
Running Total     25 13 38

  

Ewes Saville 109, Saville 185 and Saville 191 were bred, but succumbed to a mongrel dog attack on February 7, 2005.

  

A somewhat strange year... five sets of triplets (one a Caesarian de­livery, comp­lications resulting from the dog attack) and an unusual count of 25 rams!  Must be something in the water.    Ron and Elizabeth were both blitzed since the ewe who delivered by Caesarian had no good milk (and ultimately, we lost her, Saville 228) and thus we had been bottle feeding every four hours!  The final girl (Saville 155) delivered twins, a ram and a ewe... she was the most injured of our surviving ewes and had an uncomfortable time with her pregnancy, but both ewes and shepherds survived another lambing year!

The previous year had similar results... 39 lambs from 21 bred ewes.  One ewe failed to settle with, again, only one month to cycle: 186 percent lambing yield with three sets of triplets and eleven sets of twins with uniform distribution of multiples per ram!

 

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