Totally showing how little I know about sheep here ... Why do you pull their heads into your hip for pictures/showing?
AND I can't wait to see lambs! They are so dang cute
The thought is you want to show a clean 90 degree angle from their shoulders through their neck. Also she is using her knee to push into his chest so he will brace against her and tighten his back muscles and all his other muscles to make them pop out and really make him feel beefy when the judge is feeling him in the show ring.
The fat lady was basking in the 70 degree weather this morning. It seems like my other ewe will probably have her babies before this girl. She's still got a small bag while my other ewe is filling already.
I figured since not many people know how to take care of a pregnant ewe I will shed a little insight. Ewes have a gestation of 5 months. These girls were let go with the ram in October. When the girls are about 2 weeks from lambing I will get them shaved so the babies don't have a hard time finding the bag. A month before they lamb I start bringing them in from the pasture and inspecting them once a day. I feed them a scoop of grain, give them hay (which they eat on throughout the day as the stalls can be left open afterwards) and check their bags, make sure they arent skinny, arent hurt ect ect.
I love my sheep. One thing that has been amazing since I got them is that they kill fleas. My dogs havent had fleas in YEARS thanks to them. The fleece suffocates them.
I have a border collie. He loves herding cows, horses, and birds but he has never shown any interest in chasing the sheep. Im not sure why. He would rather play with my youngest. She thinks she is a dog lol!