Living With Rams
To maintain a peaceful existence with your rams, there are just a few things you need to understand about them.
|Peeking At the Rams Through a Hole in the Fence|
1. Rams need friends. Often people forget that sheep need other sheep. They will put their ram in a field by themselves when not in with their ewes. Rams are a flock animal, and they feel frightened and unhappy when alone. A happy ram has other rams to hang out with when they are not in with the ewes.
|Rams Need Friends|
2. Rams will be rams…..so tighten your fencelines, keep the ewes out of sight, and don’t be alarmed by occasional butting.
|Rams will be rams….|
3. Rams must establish dominance. As in all flocks, the sheep establish a pecking order. A definite hierarchy exists in the ram quarters, and my goal is to be at the top. We find it easiest to maintain our position by keeping our distance from our rams. We care for them, but do not make “pets” of them. I want my rams to back away from me when I enter, rather than come toward me.
Keeping these simple rules in mind will make living with rams a joy.