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Keeping sheep
...Slaughter practicality
...Jacobs crosses
...Ram management
...- Feeding
...- Castration & strike
>..Summer & autumn

In Summer lambs grow at an astonishing rate.

The ewes are grazing their way on to another year of production. Wool is shorn and sold. The continuous movement of sheep around the holding is practised as in the 'sheep health' section to prevent a build-up of parasites.

Stocking rates 3 ewes with two lambs each: best seeds pasture 1 acre. 2 ewes with three lambs between them: normal pasture 1 acre. 1 ewe with one lamb: good hill grass 1 acre. 1 ewe with one lamb: poor mountain 5 to 10 acres.

All the above stocking rates assume reasonable weather. In a very dry year the sheep may need more grass. There should always be a mineral lick available.

In late Summer or Autumn fat lambs should be sold as soon as they are ready. Cull ewes (unproductive, barren ones) should be sold as mutton while they are still fat from the summer grass. Dipping should be carried out. Now the whole year's cycle starts again.