Around 200 Suffolk crosses are tupped to the Texel, as are the 200 Jacob cross ewes which saw some go to a Beltex cross Charollais tup
for the first time this year.
Also forward were 452 cast ewes and tups
. Heavy ewes sharper on the week, light ewes remained similar.
lamb: 1 & 2 James Common & Son; 3 R H Paton.
"Just be careful," he said gruffly as he left me in the pens with three large woolled tups
. "I'll be fine," I said.
The Howells family of Pentrecwrt, Llandysul, will offer their remaining 60 pedigree Texel tups
at the main September sale.
Fortunately, I had a very understanding guest staying in the shepherd's hut who was happy to keep the gate shut and didn't even complain when the tups
came and scratched themselves underneath in the early hours.
"Both ewes and tups
need to be in good condition to ensure that conception levels are as good as possible.
We have a dozen pedigree Swaledale tups
so there's plenty of choice.
He reviews his existing tups
before he even sets out to buy replacements: he does ram MoTs to make sure his ram team are tip-top and able to do their bit for the business's bottom line.
By now the male hormones should be surging and tups
should be raring to go, but I did note that some showed a certain amount of reluctance to leave the cosy confines of the stable.
Alnorthumbria Vets will give the veterinary view of preparation for tupping, including a practical farmer's guide to MoTing tups
and scoring the condition of ewes.
We have a couple of new tups
we bought with the proceeds of the sale of our own homebred one.