What is tupping?
Tupping is the mating of sheep, and is usually (!) arranged and controlled by the shepherd. Some people will let the ram (tup) run with the ewes all year round, and will let nature take its course, but those who are looking to achieve certain traits or characteristics will make all the decisions – not leave it to the sheep!
When to tup?
This is one of those questions that is similar to ‘how long is a piece of string?’ The rule of thumb for general purpose breeding, in line with sheep preferences, is put the rams in on Bonfire Night to have April Fool’s lambs.