The Shepherds Year Starts in Autumn
Autumn is the start of the breeding cycle for sheep who have a gestation period of around 147 days. So to achieve lambs being born in the spring we need to plan for this now and put the rams and ewes in together so the ewes become pregnant.
Normally we wait until November so our lambs are born when weather conditions start to improve and the spring grass is coming through in April/ May. However, my Hebridean Ram 'Percy' has been extremely keen to join the ewes for a few weeks and has been wearing himself out pacing up and down. So I've relented and let Percy in with the ewes a couple of weeks earlier than usual. He's looking very happy to be in with his lady friends. You can see him in these photos, sniffing and tasting the air around them to check if they are in season and receptive to mating.