A Record Lambing is in the Books

It is crazy how time flies… it has already been a few weeks since our first group of Rideau ewes finished lambing. We have been wanting to share with all of you how the flock performed. Our ewes hit a record for us this time around with a 264% lambing average overall. The following chart is a breakdown of how our ewes lambed.

2018 A lambing results 2

It puts into perspective how prolific these ewes are when you see that 97% of our lamb crop is made up of lambs that are twins or better, 69% of the lambs are triplets or better, and only 3% are singles. If you take just the ewes who lambed quads and quintuplets we had 39 ewes who gave birth to 160 lambs which equals 410%.

Without a doubt, numbers like these make for a busy lambing season. We were so glad to have some great help this year and somehow managed to keep up with everything.

The great news about numbers like these is that we have a huge number of very prolific offspring to sell. If you are interested in ewe lambs or ram lambs from this early lambing group, make sure to contact us soon while there are still some available to pre-book.

We were very happy with our birth weights this year, which is important, especially when we are getting so many large litters. Birth weight has everything to do with nutrition, and we are hoping to share some very valuable information with you about how we have been feeding our ewes in the last two years to achieve great results out of such high performance ewes. Sign up to be notified when our blog posts come out so you don’t miss it!

 

 

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Alberta Style Sheep Drive


I wanted to share some pictures from running the ewes home last week. We had 250 ewes grazing a few miles down the road at Alyssa’s parent’s farm this summer. Since we only have a 16′ trailer, hauling 250 ewes home ends up being an all day job for a couple guys. The crops were off all along the highway, so we knew we wouldn’t risk damaging any crops by running the ewes down the ditch. 


We had two hired hands as well as myself on quads while Alyssa’s dad drive the side-by-side. Alyssa followed behind with the truck and trailer to help make us more visible, and also to transport any ewes that tired out along the way. 


All in all it went really well. Our road is fairly busy so we had to be pretty cautious. There were a few times the sheep wanted to start crossing the road, and we had to quickly move them off. The hardest part was actually going past one of our neighbours places on the opposite side of the road when their hound started baying at our sheep. The ewes were really curious about the noise and started trying to cross the road all at the same time. Thankfully the dog was fenced in. Otherwise that could have gotten really interesting. 


Thankfully all of us and all the sheep made it home safely. Only one ewe with a sore leg tired out and had to be lifted into the stock trailer. 


If it works out again in the future I think this is the way we will move ewes to and from pasture. It saves a lot of time, and it’s a lot more fun!