Today I spent part of the day tagging and inspecting the lambs; the female lambs get tagged, the boys get counted; I have a customer base that prefers young intact rams for their holiday festivals, and so I'm usually able to sell them at a premium over the usual sale price.
I take notes on the female lambs, weight, coat condition, overall conformation, and I'll go back in a couple of months and look at them again. We have 38 lambs this year, 21 females and 17 males, from our flock of 26 ewes, which ended up being a 140% lamb production, which for serious sheep people like Michelle is low, but I'm pretty happy with it.
The holy grail of sheep apparently is a flock that requires little or no input, and gives you an average of 2 lambs per ewe per year, in the form of twins.
Piercing the girls ears
The grass is growing in the fields right now, but I'd like it to be 6-8" high before I set the sheep out on it. We're feeding these 64 sheep one round bale of hay per week. I'll probably be putting them out on pasture in another 3 weeks or so.
The ear tags are the only way that we can reliably tell the sheep apart; at this point there are 5 people working on the farm, and when we need to do something with a particular animal, it's nice to say "get sheep #30 and bring it to the front". The boys don't get tagged, which is the other conversation we have regularly -- which animals can be sold. We only tag the animals that we may be keeping.