To increase the number of doubles, ewes are sometimes put on good fresh grass, rape or mustard a week before the tups go out - a ram to sixty ewes is a usual proportion, though with care a stud ram can be got to settle twice the number.
shearling tups born in spring 2001.
So I bought two tups from the same breeder as previously and probably had to pay a bit extra for them.
By the mid 1990s the flock had been built up and was regularly selling 50 tups a year, aimed at the commercial breeder.
My purpose was to buy three or four Suffolk shearling tups born in spring 2001.