Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waylon's Really Bad Day

It started off like any typical Wednesday.

Surrounded by his harem, Waylon headed out back for what he thought was just a paddock change. Before he knew what hit him, the Boss had him in a man-hug, hauled him up the hill, and then shut the gate on him.

When he looked again, the ewes were gone….just GONE!

He looked toward M’brook. No ewes.

He looked toward the mountains. No ewes.
He paced, he cried, he called them again.
They were just gone. There was some real nice grass out here. Food seemed to ease his mind.

Wait a minute….GIRLS? Where’d ya go?

Lest you think we’re just out to make Waylon’s life miserable, let me explain this logistical change.

Waylon is done with his one and only job here on the farm. As a matter of fact, he’s been done for some time. If my observations and calculations are right, the entire lambchop crop of 2012 should arrive sometime between January 15 and February 5, 2012 (give or take a few days). The barn will be a one busy place. I can’t wait!

There’s a LOT of grass down front requiring a lot of hungry animals. The ewe lambs were ready to go in with the ewes, but since we didn’t want to breed them, Waylon needed to go elsewhere.

Once the ram is done with his “job”, he begins to get a little testy, a little ornery, and downright mean to some of the ewes. He will butt them, slamming them into fences, trees and other things. This can’t be good for them. The closer they get to their due date, the more damage he could do, both to them and any unborn offspring.

So, like it or not, sometime in November, the ram (in this case Waylon) heads off to his “bachelor pad-dock”. He’ll stay out there, grazing and growing, until next breeding season. At which time he should be a magnificent example of true “ram-liness”!

Cheer up, Waylon, it’s only another 279 days until next breeding season!

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