Meet Hoss, he is my new Icelandic Ram. He has great horns and Leader Sheep bloodlines, he also has a very gentile personality.

He was introduced gently to the other boys, with a fence between them for a few days. Hoss had a lot of “ewe” smell on him as he was used a the “teaser” ram at his old farm. He was kept in a stall in with the girls and when they stopped and wagged their tails at him the girls were removed and placed in with the breeder rams. I can imagine that this had to be a bit hard on Hoss….

As a result of all the stress from being the teaser ram Hoss isn’t very fat, and he may even be a bit thin. I still think he is very handsome.

After a few days he was mashed into the ram pen with the other three boys. The Commander threw a few extra bales of hay in with him to prevent any full blown charging from happening. By the time they were released into the ram pasture everyone was bruised and bleeding from small scratches, but fortunately no one suffered any serious injuries.

For the next few days the other rams followed Hoss around and tried unsuccessfully to mount him. Next year at this time Hoss should be the biggest ram on the farm, I hope he has a good long memory for paybacks!

I know rams can be dangerous and they shouldn’t be pampered but Hoss is such an attention hound. Whenever he sees me outside he calls and calls until I go over to him. I usually give him a bit of grain that the breeder left for him and then I rub his head or side. He wags his tail and gets so excited, a real cutie. Another oddball to add to the farm, welcome aboard.

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12 comments on “Hoss

  1. Mike says:

    Well, I never. That seems awful cruel to do that to Hoss. He has some striking horns.

  2. Teresa says:

    He is a handsome guy. I hate trying to introduce new animals to the herd. It can be so stressful. My new buck, Boeris, is very tame. I'm hoping he keeps the mellow personality when he gets to be huge by next year.

  3. Congrats on the new ram! He is a looker!

  4. Stacy Davis says:

    my rams are all like big dogs…they love attention and will follow me anywhere. I never worry if they get out…all i have to do is call to them and they follow me right back to their pen. I'd never get between them and a ewe in heat, of course…thats just asking for trouble…but any other time they are just big babies that want a scritch on the chest or behind the ear :)He is gorgeous 🙂

  5. Kim says:

    Love those horn. Looks like a handsome guy.

  6. Cultivator says:

    Hoss is definitely a beauty. Congrats on the new addition.

  7. Chai Chai says:

    Mike – That is why it is called the "teaser" pen!

  8. Chai Chai says:

    Teresa- I have read about some horrible things that have happened during the reintroduction process. I'm happy no one was seriously hurt.

  9. Chai Chai says:

    Stacy – I hope Hoss turns out to be as easy to handle as yours!

  10. Chai Chai says:

    THT – Thank you, I agree.

  11. Chai Chai says:

    Kim – I am amazed at how wide his horns are, looks like a good trait to pass on.

  12. Chai Chai says:

    Cultivator – Thank you!

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