Sheep supposedly have peaceful, grazey lives. Counting them is allegedly soporific. But in reality they lead busy and productive lives. No sooner do they lamb than it’s time for the circle of life to begin again for them. In the evening sunshine the field gate swings open. A truck’s catch is slipped. Enter the ram, harnessed for action to mark his conquests and raring to go…
Some photos were taken after the ram had been investigating the 7 ewes in the field rather closely. Two had lambed, 5 were pregnant. The ram is demonstrating a FLEHMEN RESPONSE – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flehmen_response which explains it better than I can, and with a particular reference to sheep.
4 thoughts on “DORSET SHEEP: THE RAM, READY TO PLAY THE FIELD…”
He is a fine fellow. I don’t think he would appreciate me sneaking off with one of the lambs. Amelia
I love the near-double curl of his horns, but I think I’d leave the lambs alone. In fact he was far more preoccupied with checking which sheep were pregnant and which were not. It’s a lot more complicated and intimate than just having a look…
Excellent images, what a joy to watch this fellow! 🙂
He’s a fine creature – I love the fact that his horns are nearly double circles. My sister hopes to paint him- quite right too!