Its a task I dislike but culling makes any flock better. I had planned to pull out the few unproductive ewes that should go, and a few off breeds, now I'm going to cull much more. Prices for sheep and lambs in Canada are not good, the US importation ban for mad cow extends to sheep and goats so we're getting swamped with western lamb (and I thought the drought had almost wiped them out!) You can't sell good breedign stock here, rumours keep that price nearly ridiculas, I'll be lucky to get $20 for them as culls. That said its all anyone can get and I've found some ewes that would be superior to many of mine and I'm going to buy 50 to 100 of them to replace the off breeds I still have. I'm thinking only 4 suffolks and north county cheviots combined will be here if any. What I saw last night was a flock of Rideau Arcott and Dorset X Rideaus that match my core flock perfectly, and the can be had for $25 each. Very sad and I'm genuinely sorry they aren't worth much but better these good sheep come here as breeding stock and not end up as mutton or dog food. Wish I had more hay and I'd buy them all!