Once the lambs get serious about eating what their mama ewe eats and following her to the feed trough, it's time to make a creep feeder. As the name implies, a creep feeder is an area that only the lambs can "creep" into. Use your imagination! You can use a hog panel or two, raised off the ground about 11 to 12 inches with T-posts, or use what you have handy. We have a small pen in the corner of the barnyard. I raised the wire panels and placed a feed trough inside. Place your creep feeder near where the ewes eat, and be patient. One lamb will see the trough and creep under the wire panel to investigate. Soon others will follow. I start off with just a bit of feed in the trough (waste not, want not) and increase the feed as more lambs come in. The lambs will excel with plenty of feed and the ewes will tend to dry up quicker. It's a win-win situation!
We watch the little ones grow, and around August we separate the ram lambs from their ewes and put them into the ram pen with the rest of the guys. The little rams form their own clique, and watch and learn from the older rams.
With each crop of lambs, we choose two of best looking ram lambs to be the next years breeders. At one year and seven months, we make a final decision on who will be the lucky ram. At this point many of our rams meet or exceed 30 inches.
On October 1st, we put the best looking, best horned ram in with the ewes, and the cycle begins again!
With this form of line breeding, you can tell that rams come, and rams go, but a good ewe stays on the premises! We have had two ewes here that lived to the age of 14, drop a lamb, wean it, and then pass on. You will change breeding rams regularly, but a good ewe will stay and provide you with beautiful lambs year after year. This is why our ewe prices are up there; we strive for quality!