After the rams have been out on their own with the ewes for 7 weeks they really can’t stand the sight of each other and can only think to do each other damage.

The Welchman on Left With one of His Flock of Ewes

The Welchman on Left With one of His Flock of Ewes

Last year I had one ram nearly kill another as I let them out together too soon after having been with the ewes.

The Welchman Cracked Sculls with Tornado Got Knocked Out & Bled Profusely from His Nose

Last Year The Welchman Cracked Sculls with Tornado & Got Knocked Out & Bled Profusely from His Nose

The vet gave The Welchman 5% chance of recovery and said he was most likely a goner but he recovered after loads of TLC

Vet inspecting The Welchman

Vet inspecting The Welchman

So this year I was going to play it extra safe and leave the boys in cramped quarters for longer leaving them out for short periods of time to see how much they wanted to crack skulls. I first divided a space with strong pallets so they could get used to each others smells and company.

The Welchman & Whiskey Inspecting Each Other

The Welchman & Whiskey Inspecting Each Other

After a few days I put them into the same area but a very small tight space so they couldn’t charge each other.

The Rams in a Confined Space

The Rams in a Confined Space

After about 6 days I let them out into the yard to see what sort of aggression there was between them.

Can I Really Come Out?

Can I Really Come Out?

Rams Eyeing Each Other Up.

Rams Eyeing Each Other Up.

So back into the stable & confined space they went for a few more days.

Can We Come Out Now, Please, We Promise Not to Beat Each Other Up

Can We Come Out Now, Please, We Promise Not to Beat Each Other Up

Ram Acting Fine Together

Rams Acting Fine Together

They finally are fine in each others company so I leave them alone in the yard together, but come back later and can’t find them.

Ram Hiding From Me in Amongst Stacked Lambing Hurdles

Rams Hiding From Me in Amongst Stacked Lambing Hurdles & Hay Racks

The Embarrassment When I Find Them

The Embarrassment When I Find Them

The next day I shall be putting them into their own grassy paddock.

Rams Ready For Turning Out

Rams Ready For Turning Out

The only problem is they will have to trot past all the ewes so I’m hoping no ruckus will stir up

I Ride the Quad Shaking a Bucket & They Gallop After Me

I Ride the Quad Shaking a Bucket of Sheep Nuts & They Gallop After Me

The only problem with this is that the ewes hear the bucket shaking and gallop down the field hoping for a share of the sheep nuts

Trotting Past the Ladies With an Occasional Sniff & Chat

Trotting Past the Ladies With an Occasional Sniff & Chat

Finally I get them down the road and into their paddock munching on their small reward.

Munching Their Sheep Nuts

Munching Their Sheep Nuts

Once they are in their paddock I go to get the small ax I use for breaking the ice in their water trough.

" Flipping Heck!!!! No Need For That!!! We Will be Good!!!" A Very Worries Whiskey

” Flipping Heck!!!! No Need For That!!! We Will be Good!!!” A Very Worries Whiskey

What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

"Phew; She is Only Braking Ice!! Had Me Worried There for a Moment."

“Phew; She is Only Breaking Ice!! Had Me Worried There for a Moment.”

Once I have their ice broken and watch them for a few more minutes just to make sure nothing will stir up after they had passed the ewes they settle down nicely.

Whiskey Munching Grass

Whiskey Munching Grass

The Welchman Munching Happily

The Welchman Munching Happily

Don’t forget you can buy beautiful Zwartbles Wool Blankets or Woollen Throw. You know their story so you can now have a warm woven piece of Irish wool in your house to keep you warm.

A Ewe Inspects a Zwartbles Woollen Blanket

A Ewe Inspects a Zwartbles Woollen Blanket

2 Responses to Ram Confinement

  1. Lorna says:

    Which one is dominant? We usually put the two serving yearling bulls together at the end of the season (one cleans up the cows, the other the heifers) and they fight for a while until one gives in. Usually no damage is done but this year one was pretty miserable for a few days and we thought he might be brain damaged but he recovered with some anti-inflammatory treatment. All those hormones!

    • suzanna says:

      These guys fight like billy O when they meet after being apart, so must confine them when they come together after being on their own with the ewes. They are fine now, settled in their paddock at peace with each other.

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