Feeling horny? Maybe it's these long dark nights?

There’s something in the air up at Easter Bavelaw. As the day length shortens, this triggers a ewe to come into season. It is believed to be triggered by the hormone melatonin which has higher levels at night. Sheep native to temperate climates breed once a year. Spring is the best time to rear young, as there is plenty of grass around to fuel a lactating ewe feeding her lambs. The gestation period for sheep is 147 days, (nearly five months) so the natural breeding season is in late autumn. The process of mating a ram with a ewe is called tupping. There’s alot to do ahead of tupping. First you need a tup (ram) or two. A mature tup can cover around 50 ewes. He needs to be in good condit

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