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1 Ram at lambing time on Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:05 pm

islandgal99

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My ram has been a gem, with the exception of two days...each of those days (and a few days following) where when the first two lambs were born. Today he was an a$$ again, so I suspect another lamb is on the way tonight/tomorrow, the last two girls have had me guessing for weeks now. We've had to start tossing him to the ground, and he then behaves. He's been good for two weeks - since a day after the last lamb was born. Today he took a run at me - he got tossed to the ground. Fortunately he's not large, so this is do-able. Not sure if I like this notice method...if he doesn't smarten up after lambing season, hes going to to be sausage. If it's just a lambing season thing, next year I'll put him away till the girls are done. Has anyone else had this happen?

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2 Re: Ram at lambing time on Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:08 pm

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I think there is a rush of hormones around birthing time. I notice that the steers get very excited around bred cows near calving time. As a result I always make sure males are well away from females at birthing times. A friend has lost lambs to his ram - he leaves them together year round and the ram just crushes newborn lambs.

Be careful yourself!

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3 Re: Ram at lambing time on Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:39 pm

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I always have an extra eye out for the ram - no horns fortunately - and I know that doesn't mean he can't hurt me if he decides to...if he continues I won't keep him, but if it's just a birthing thing, I'll work around it. Smile

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4 Re: Ram at lambing time on Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:49 am

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I remove the rams when lambing starts. It just makes life easier. I don't have to worry about losing lambs and I don't have to worry about early re breeding.

5 Re: Ram at lambing time on Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:52 am

heda gobbler

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Exactly. It is worth having a pleasant ram pen where he can go to chill for a while.

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6 Re: Ram at lambing time on Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:52 pm

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Are rams and bulls aggressive towards the offspring of other animals, or any and all? I can understand the former, but the latter doesn't make much sense from an evolution perspective does it? It's like lions and rabbits killing their young so they can re-breed the females, but if they're killing their own lines, that's just dumb.

7 Re: Ram at lambing time on Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:19 pm

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Humans have messed with livestock for so many thousand years I'm not sure you can apply the "rules of nature" to livestock. It may be in nature these females would have hidden away from the males when they birthed.

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