Monday, November 18, 2013

Let's hear it for the boys!



We are now at the end of the Crofting year - or is it the beginning? It's tupping time. Time indeed for the rams to go in with the ewes, and hopefully the results of that visit will be seen in the Spring. We have two rams, (or tups, as we call them) this year - meet Rocky and Rambo! They have just come down from the hill in the last couple of weeks and are currently building up their strength in the field by the house. They will go to join the ladies at the end of the month as we want our lambs to be born in late April or early May.  They are quite a pair, though - let me introduce them properly.


Rocky is a three year old, and is very mild mannered - a bit like his Dad, who was our tup last year. I like him very much, I have to say - he has a lovely face, and I am sure we would get good lambs from him. John is not convinced that he is up to the job, however, and it is true to say that he doesn't seem to be showing any signs of - well -  machismo, I suppose! We'll see what happens.



This chap, on the other hand, positively bristles with testosterone! Rambo is certainly ready for the task. Look at him there - pure attitude! He escaped last week, when we were moving the other sheep around, and we chased him round the village three times. He would not stop, even for the cattle grid. Eventually there were six of us tearing around in various vehicles trying to corrall him. He ran into someone's garden and we all followed in hot pursuit, hoping to get him in a corner. He ran straight at John, butting his leg on the way past (causing quite a nasty wound), turned round and stamped his foot at us, then took off round the village again. At last, we got him in a gateway and managed to pen him in, before getting him in the trailer. By this time he was absolutely wild, panting, stamping his foot, butting the trailer sides, prompting some hilarious comments about his vim and vigour!
Yes - I have a feeling that next year's lambs will come from him - hopefully his temper will have calmed down a bit by then.


So - for a couple of weeks it is boys only, then we will let them through the gate into the bottom field, where the girls are waiting. I'll keep you posted if there is any progress -in the meantime, I don't like the look of that sky - time to get inside! xx

18 comments:

  1. your photos are just amazing, I read this post out loud to my husband and we both just laughed and laughed, sorry,,,, it was so funny, that is one properly named fellow that Rambo!!

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  2. So funny ... a ram with a badass attitude, goodness I hope any progeny do not inherit his temperament!!

    San xxx

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  3. Thank you for the lovely introduction to some lovely beings. Tupping time? Love it!
    I love seeing your croft and your sky is amazing.

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  4. whoa! there is so much to know! sheep with personalities, i wish they could talk! beautiful sky jacqui!

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    1. Oh yes, Lori - every sheep has a personality! We have all sorts in our flock x

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  5. crazy sky, I love that Rambo is staring down your camera!

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  6. I guess Rambo isn't going for Rocky so you never know! We have sheep in the field opposite our house sometimes, we could watch them for hours with their antics they do make us laugh like your wonderful story.

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    1. I think maybe Rambo knows he is top ram here xx

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  7. MIL had a ram named Rambo too, must be number one in the popularity chart of ram names, if such a thing exists lol! He was also a bit crazy. Hope the weather is kind to you Jacqui, despite appearances! xx

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    1. Lol - I think all the rams calked Rambo will be well-named! x

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  8. I love the look of that sky but then it is not near me!!! Great photo Jo x

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  9. It's so interesting for this city dweller to get these gorgeous and very real posts from such a different part of the world.

    The rams are magnificent animals, and don't seem to mind their photo ops too much. Is there such a thing as a calendar featuring a full year's progress of the goings on involving ewes, rams and lambs. With photographs as fine as yours, I think it could be a success!

    That last photo with the dramatically changing sky is rather wonderful, too.

    xo

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  10. I learned a new word today: tupping. who knew? I hope you have new family additions in the spring :)

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  11. Hi there, I just found you over on the comments on Lori's blog so came for a look. What amazing rams and it will be awesome when the lambs are born.
    That sky is amazing...I hope you got your washing in, in time...!
    debx

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    1. Hi Debby - glad you dropped by - thanks for your lovely comment x

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  12. What a rascal indeed ! Love that last photo, of the very 'rambo-like' weather rolling in ! :)

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  13. Poor John!! I wouldn't want to come anywhere near those horns!! Poor Rocky doesn't stand a chance.

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  14. That's a lot of personality in one animal! Beautiful photo of the changing weather, too.

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