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Sheep Breeding Season

Lots of planning and preparation goes into sheep breeding in a registered flock.  You might think you just put a ram in with the ewes. But for us and many other breeders, it's much more detailed than that.  I study fleece qualities, spotting characteristics and conformation of each animal to try to improve the offspring and try not to pair up any that have the same flaws. We have lots to learn in this regard since we are relatively new to shepherding but we are learning along the way. 
We also have a computer program that figures inbreeding coefficients and we try to keep that as near 0% as possible.  Basically, that means we don't have any kissing cousins. With a rare heritage breed, that is more difficult than it might seem. 
Then, we also evaluate each ewe to make sure she is not too heavy, too thin, too young or too old, so lambing will be easier for her. Worming and medications have to be given ahead of time so they don't effect the unborn lambs. 
After all that, we …