Remember back in October we put the rams in with the ewes? And we thought we'd try the two spring ram lambs with the Suffolks?
We left them in about a week and from what we could tell, they didn't seem to be too interested. I don't know if they're just a little too young yet, or if it has something to do with the fact that they were raised on the bottle. Anyway, Eli and Levi seemed to be more concerned with grazing the pasture and eating grain than chasing the girls. So after a week, we changed the panels around again, and put all the ewes in with the Shetland ram. (I doubt that he minded too much.) Here he is with his ewes:
I'm still debating about giving him a nickname. My plan was to give the Shetlands each a Scottish or Gaelic name in honor of their Scottish heritage. The first (and only) one I could think of for the ram was Angus, which fit because of his black fleece and all the Angus cattle running around here. If I do call him Angus, though, he of course would still be known "professionally" as Fairlight Omen, on any breeding papers, etc. Most of the Gaelic/Scottish girl names I found were ones I couldn't pronounce, so my plan for all Scottish names for the Shetlands has kind of gone by the wayside. I think for the little ewe, we've decided on Velvet. It kind of seems to fit her somehow. (She, too, will still have her registered name of Three Ring Mai Tai on paper.)
So for now, anyway, Eli and Levi, otherwise known as "The Boys," are busy running around in the pasture and eating. The girls will just have to wait. :)