The flock's scoring averages have improved this season
With all ewes having undergone AI in two groups on October 16 and 18, the pressure is off for another year.
They were two big days of work, but with plenty of help and a good plan all went well.
The ewes were in good condition with 95pc on a 3.5 body condition score (BCS) or better. The number of ewes under 3.5 BCS is down to 1pc this year from 5pc in 2016.
Our average ewe weight also increased by nearly 3kg to 73kg. They ranged from 47kg to 101kg.
The number of ewes lame also decreased from 11pc to 4pc.
Doing small things better such as dividing ewes after weaning and looking after their feet pays results and the ewes become a more uniform group at mating.
We used 21 rams from four different breeds - Texel, Suffolk, Charollais and Belclare. We have the ewes divided into three groups and rams were let out to them last Saturday to pick up the repeats. They will be removed the first week of December.
The 160 ewe lambs will all go to the ram the same day so they will lamb with the repeat ewes in April.