Ewes will come into season naturally in the late autumn and generally if the ram is put with the ewes on Bonfire Night (5th November) lambing will start on 1st April. The rams will curl their lips and approach the ewe in a low stretch from behind, nuzzling her rear. If the ewe urinates in response, the urine will flow over the lips of the ram and then the lip curls. The purpose of this display is unclear although it is thought that the ram can tell by smell whether the ewe is in season. Prior to mating the ram will move the female away from the rest of the flock and chase off any other rams. The gestation period is 147 days, just short of 5 calendar months.
Rams should be withdrawn to their ram group about 6 weeks after tupping, otherwise they are likely to bully the ewes off their food