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Old Apr 15th 2015, 08:43 PM   #1
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep




Well my sheep season is off to a good start.* First ewe had triplets at 143 days and the second had quads at 147 days.* Early births like this means my lambs are born at 1 to 2 pounds.* This is caused because rocky mountain bighorns gestation is 180 days and domestic hair sheep are 150 days.* So basically I have premature births which means lots of work to keep them alive for their first week of life.* *I have to admit I like spring when all the babies start.* I really like the renew of life and nature plus I really like my sheep.** I'll get some lamb picture tomorrow for you guys.*
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Old Apr 21st 2015, 10:36 AM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep


We are having a good start as we have 20 lambs on the ground.* Most are bottle babies as their body weight has been 1.5 pounds.* Most lambs are born at 4 plus pounds.* These small lambs we put on the bottle till they are about a week old and then graft them on another ewe when she births.* It's been a hard time as the lambs are born premature because of the gestation differences of domestic sheep (150 days) versus pure rocky mountain bighorn (180 days).* Guess if you want to raise sheep hybrids it's part of the game.* When the hybrids lamb they usually have a gestation period of 165 days and lambs are born at about 5 pounds.


Even though I tried to post pone the sheep from birthing early some still will birth at 146/150 days which is their natural birthing time.* Every day those ewes carry the lambs they are getting bigger and will require less work.


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April 29 what a day we have 80 degree temps.* Had some 50% bighorn ewes birth at 3 AM today so the lambs are 75% bighorn.* They look real close to pure bighorn.* They were out of white 50% ewes.* The pictures are of 50% bighorn.
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Old May 3rd 2015, 08:34 AM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep


We got some real nice 75% bighorn lambs this season.* Here are some pictures of them along with the sire I collected from.* Last year was the first year we used all post mortem semen in our LAP AI project on sheep.* We were from 65% to 90% conception on the different groups of sheep we bred.


We make hybrids to improve the immune system of the animals.* Pure bighorns have little or no defense against pneumonia.* We make these crosses in the hopes we will get the better immune system from the domestic sheep.* It seems to be working.* We also wanted to introduce the twinning aspect of domestic sheep as bighorns only have single births.* We have twins in our hybrids so that worked also.


The last thing I wanted to do was get the horn growth of domestic sheep.* This has worked very well.* A two year old pure bighorn might have a half curl but a hybrid the same age will be a 3/4 curl to 7/8 curl.* A three year old hybrid will be full curl but it would take five years for a pure bighorn to get close to a full curl.


This year we hope to LAP AI with Stone sheep semen in our hybrids.* We also might use Desert bighorn semen in some of the hybrids.* A interesting thing has happened this year.* Our domestic sheep are mostly white stock.* First generation stock has been white or tan or tan and white lambs born.* The best color lambs born this year were out of the pure white ewes when LAP AI'd back to pure bighorn.* We also get good bighorn color lambs when we breed 50% stock back to each other.* I assume because the bighorn color is on both sides of the stock*bighorn color*is able to come out in some lambs.* All in all this project has been a great success.* In the past because we no longer have the ability to harvest our stock in Montana I have sold all lambs born.* This year I plan to raise harvest stock for out of State harvest facilities so I will be looking for some buyers from out of State who would want to have something else for their clients.* If interested please contact me.
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Old May 3rd 2015, 10:19 AM   #4
 
  Nov 2013
  Mission MN
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Looking good out there . Keep us in mind when you are ready to send off to a harvest facility. Those Rams would look good in our northern Minnesota pines in about February with 3 feet of snow on the ground. We get a few calls every year from hunters looking for bighorns. Take care

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Old Jan 20th 2021, 11:05 AM   #5
 
  Jan 2021
  PA
I know it has been some time since you posted, but would you have any guidance on breeders still operating Rocky Mountain Bighorns? Thanks, appreciate any help you can offer
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Old Jan 20th 2021, 11:56 AM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep
We still raise rocky mountain bighorns. We will have three lambs in 2021 about in May. We just sold our 2020 lambs a few weeks ago. Message me for information. Thanks
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Old Feb 9th 2021, 09:11 PM   #7
 
  Feb 2021
  TX
This is awesome. birth photography.
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