On Monday evening we went to collect a Jacob ram that we are borrowing from a friend. He is a handsome fellow and was apparently very successful last year so we have high hopes for some cute Jacob lambs in the spring. The ewes seem very taken with him.
His chest has been smeared with a mixture of vegetable oil and red dye so we can judge the dates he mates with the various ewes and have an idea when the lambs might arrive. We are roughly expecting them towards the end of April, so they should be here and super-cute in time for the May bank holidays in case you want to come and visit the site and smallholding.
He was very busy on the first night as the next morning I noticed that the brown Jacob ewe with the white bobtail now has a reddish bobtail!
Hopefully he will show an interest in the others as well – the signs are encouraging …