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RE: More sheep


I know that better food induces them to ovulate more. Among western
range sheep, or out in Australia with their huge flocks, one lamb is the
norm. Where there's good pasture twins are more likely, and the way we
keep them with good hay and grain, you get more multiples. Most breeds
I've read about seem to be able to have multiples but there are a few
that are well-known for 4 and 5 lambs at a time. But seems like there's
got to be a genetic component to it; we have had Suffolks for many years
but until we bought these - the ewes are all related - we never had
triplets before.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Daryl
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 9:13 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More sheep

4 certainly doesn't seem old. I wonder if there's more variation among
breeds than age?

d

----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 11:48 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] More sheep


> This is her third lambing, so she is around 4, maybe a couple months
shy
> of that. She had triplets the first time she lambed and twins last
year.
> I have read that they can be productive for about 10 years, but we've
> never kept any that long. We have sold off the whole bunch a couple
> times, like when we took a long vacation in England, so we haven't had
> any actually get old on us. The other ewe that had triplets this year
is
> 3 yrs old.
>
> Cyndi

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      • From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
    • Re: More sheep
      • From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
    • RE: More sheep
      • From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
    • Re: More sheep
      • From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>

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