Ram Power

by: Dr. G.F. Kennedy

For the general purpose of this blog, I intend to omit personal issues and politics but this article is an exception. When I think about ram power I generally think of my Dodge truck and after the Super Bowl Ad The American Farmer, this is a different story.

One year, I thought I had an extra good ram and so when the Minnesota State Fair came along I left him home not to put on the extra stress where he would show in the other breed class and not against other Katahdins.

I had exposed a half a dozen ewes to him for Fall lambing. He was a twin born May 24, 2011.

Now for the story. I thought I should use him prior to the Louisville Show so he was turned to pasture, no grain or hay, for 21 days with 160 ewes. The first nine days into lambing 81 ewes have 155 lambs at their sides. We lambed in three barns instead of one and he wasn’t finished yet. We lambed 140 plus ewes with numerous sets of triplets and few singles. I think this a phenomenal story about what some individual rams are capable of. Old rule of thumb would be one yearling ram to 60 ewes.

The ram went on to win Louisville and his twin sister was second to the Champion Ewe in the class and when he got home he bred another 90 ewes.

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