It has been a long time since any updates but we've been busy! I moved back to the farm in February and stepped back from the rather hectic life at Accenture in London. Within a week we were into lambing with all of the excitment that it brings. The rams used this year:
Arkle Pacific Star
Having now finished lambing and kicked everything out into fields we're pleased with the results. The lambing went well at around 185% with not many losses coming. Like last year we lost a few on putting them out into the fields so will try vaccinating the ewes with Covexin this time as vaccinating the lambs doesn't seem to have made any difference - all fairly novel to us as we'd previously not vaccinated or injected for anything. It will be interesting to see if vaccinating the ewes makes any difference - I sometimes wonder if we just get too fussy with pedigrees treating a single loss as a major disaster. If they were commercials we probably would carry on regardless and not take much notice!
Pacific Star has again done a cracking job with plenty of confirmation. Rocco's lambs have come out very similar but probably have a bit more length and slightly less hair (not difficult as Pacific Star's lambs look like they've been permed for the first month). Blaencar has been ridiculously easy to lamb we only pulled one out of 20ish which is probably some kind of record for Texel's and they have grown well. We used 6 frozen straws from Predator with 5 of the ewes being in lamb all of the lambs have been female so with luck we'll keep them through to breed from and introduce some more genetic diversity into the flock.
We'll be taking their 8 week weights in a couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see how they compare - Rocco has a high index of 290 so if this is evident in the lambs weights will be good feedback. I have a suspicion the Arkle lambs may have the slight upper hand as they are very muscular and definitely like their food!
We're provisionally lined up to try Embryo Transplanting this Autumn but I'll need to find a good bunch of MV Accredited ewes to use as donors before then... if you know of any not too far away...
I'll add some pictures soon.