This is a new purebred Shetland ram. His name is Blue 1A. Blue being his right ear tag colour, 1 meaning he was first born, and A indicating he was born in 2013.
Blue 1A is a pretty boring name compared to the existing rams Willow Garden Seasonal and Harmony Marsh DaVinci.
I'm looking for an actual name to call him, something a little nicer than the former but not as sheeshy as the latter. I dunno... Bill, Bob, Ralph...
Whoever he is, he will be breeding all the Shetland ewes on the farm this year as he is unrelated to any of them. This will provide a suitable genetic enrichment.
The other two Shetland rams are with the Khatadin flock this year.
The rams went in Nov 25 and 26, so lambing should begin around April 20th.
This is quite early - I usually prefer lambing on pasture beginning around May 10, but the coyote (and wolf) populations continue to grow so I've decided to lamb in the barnyard and barn this season and keep them off the pasture til the lambs are mothered up. The ewes and their babies are most vulnerable to predation during the actual birthing process.