I meant to write this post a couple of weeks ago, but I am just now getting around to it now.
One ram will get one group of ewes (a flock) and the age of the ram, depended on how many ewes we put in with him. A younger ram would get 12-15 ewes while an older ram could get 25-30 ewes. Back when I was still at home we would run 3 flocks in 3 different fields nowadays we just have one flock. My job was to help determine which ewes got put with which ram. To do this I would look over our flock records and see what blood lines our ewes had. I would then compare what kind of offspring the ewes had in the past with what strengths that ewe possessed in the terms of frame, carcass traits and breed characteristics (basically I would play Match Maker) and then place her with a ram that would complement her strengths to give us the best offspring.
I blogged a little bit today about things that happen on my farm, but for a weekly dose of farm life be sure to check out Farmer Fridays on 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs. She gives factual information about life on a hog and grain farm.
This post was linked to Saturdays On the Farm.
"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson