We’re excited to have a new Whitefaced Woodland ram at Mudchute. He joins us from Derby and can be easily spotted among the flock by his gorgeous spiraling set of horn. Both male and female sheep of the breed are horned, but the ram’s impressive horns definitely stand out. Like all our tupping rams, he’s also wearing a raddle, a chalk pad on a harness, which gives us an idea of which ewes he has serviced. This helps us get a better idea of which ewes are likely to be in lamb and if/when we might expect lambs. A warm welcome to the new boy and best of luck. We hope to have a rather busy spring!
Love is in the air on our big field as our Oxford Down ewes meet our stunning new Oxford Down ram. Mudchute has been home to Oxford Down sheep for many years and we’re excited to be able to bring new bloodlines to or flock with our new ram. The newcomer has a lovely temperament and is a fine example of his breed. He’s only a young ram, but already showing lots of interest in the ewes. The characteristic lip curl is known as flehmen and helps him to detect pheromones. This will tell him when his advances might be welcome! We hope the introduction continues to go well and that we’ll be introducing you to his sons and daughters in the spring. To find out more about the Oxford Down sheep breed, visit the Oxford Down Sheep Breeders’ Association.
There’s a new ram at Mudchute! Our latest addition is a young Jacob ram and he is currently entertaining our three Jacob ewes. Jacob sheep have been known in England since the 1750s are easily distinguished from our other sheep breeds with their spotted, piebald fleeces. You’ll notice both rams and ewes are horned in this breed, but some Jacob rams can have as many as six horns.
At the moment, our new ram is wearing a harness. This is a raddle, which contains a chalk block on his chest. This will allow us to monitor his attentions to the ewes and give us a better of idea of if and when we might expect the pitter patter of little Jacob hooves! A sheep’s pregnancy lasts approximately 5 months, so if our new ram and ewes get on well, we’ll hope to make more introductions in April.