This is also our first year using Janet McNally's Tamarack bucks http://www.tamaracksheep.com/ a Dorset and Ile de France cross.
Our ewes are from Richard Hamilton and Hamilton Brothers sheep. Hamilton brothers raises 3-4 thousand commercial white face sheep in CA. The
Most winters we can still be on alfalfa stubble graze when we put the bucks in. The stubble is usalluy 1-5 miles from our ranch, and we like to put all the bucks in with the flock and not have separate breeding groups.
This spring was cold and wet, and we had some new seeding that did not come up. This meant the ewes were pushed very hard the first 6 weeks after we lambed. We got some triticale planted and once the warm weather came the food took off.
|"Does this clover make our butt look big?"|
I sent these pictures to Janet and i joked that all we did was add water. Hamilton brothers and Janet McNally did all the work with their years of superior genetics. We are very grateful to Richard Hamilton for allowing us to buy his ewe lambs and for sharing his knowledge with us.
We are also grateful to Janet McNally for her 30 years of grass based gentics and the wisdom and advice she has generously shared with us over the past few years. Janet also delivered this rams to us, and walked us through how to read and and use Lambplan http://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/lambplan/ This allowed us to pick the best rams for our operation .
This is our fifth year on our new ranch and the learning "cliff" has been quite steep most of the time. Looking at these beautiful lambs grazing on the lush clover, makes it all seem worth the effort.