It is important not to turn new rams in with the ewes as soon as they are brought to the premises. Separate the rams from the ewes for at least two weeks, treat for external parasites, and observe them carefully for contagious diseases before allowing them to breed any of the ewes.
The rams should be strong and in good condition at breeding time. If a ram is thin, or if he appears to be losing weight during the breeding season, it may be necessary to feed him separately from the ewes. Ordinarily, 1 to 1.5 pounds of oats or a grain concentrate mixture with good quality hay is sufficient. Ram lambs may need more concentrate. Also, shear rams about a month before the breeding season.