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Out like a ram: sorting the bucks

31 Mar
Edgar checking the bucks

Edgar checking the bucks

The bucks have done their job and are back on the Home Ranch for another ten months of bachelorhood.  It’s easy enough for them. In the meantime, the ewes carry their pregnancy to term, trail 100 miles or so, get sheared, and have their lambs. The ewes then trail to the Forest with their lambs, raise them–dodging coyotes, bears and ravens, and trail back to the ranch for weaning.

Some of the rams have given their all, and won’t make it to another breeding season. We sorted out the bucks who are old, thin, and/or no teeth, These will be sold and are destined to be buckburgers or dog food.

The rams do lead a good life, and we take care of them until the end.

Brittany, Meghan and Katie checking teeth

Brittany, Meghan and Katie checking teeth

Tiarnan and Meghan

Tiarnan and Meghan

crew: Katie, Brittany, Randy, Tiarnan, Meghan, bucks, Randall, Cody, and Edgar

crew: Katie, Brittany, Randy, Tiarnan, Meghan, bucks, Randall, Cody, and Edgar

 

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2 responses to “Out like a ram: sorting the bucks

  1. Carl

    April 2, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    My grandfather always called his rams “bucks”. He raised sheep on central Oregon in the sixties, and seventies. Most people seem to use the term “rams”. Wish I new the story behind the term “buck”. Any ideas?

     
    • Ladder Ranch

      April 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      I have always heard the terms used interchangeably. “Bucks” is also used for male deer.

       

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