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        03-09-2013, 07:51 PM
      #61
    Weanling
    RIP little lamb :( I'm so sorry for your loss.
         
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        03-15-2013, 12:56 PM
      #62
    Yearling
    Man these lambs are blooming!!

    Future wether. 2 weeks and 4 days old.


    First born ewe now named Hazel by her future handler. 1 week and 3 days. Probably my top pick this year.


    Second born ewe probably being named Loulou by her future handler. 1 week 3 days. Wasnt setting up very well so not the best pic of her.
         
        03-17-2013, 02:23 PM
      #63
    Weanling
    Sorry for being so ignorant about sheep, but me and my dad (who has raised every animal BUT sheep), never knew they were born with long tails... LOL
         
        03-18-2013, 10:17 AM
      #64
    Yearling
    Not many people realize they do XD Tails can bring BIG problems for sheep especially around here so most people band the tails. Mine are actually scheduled to be banded, and the male neutered tomorrow and the adults are all getting shaved.

    Tails can get VERY nasty and cause something called flystrike. Basically flies are attracted to the mess on the tail and end up laying maggots in it that eat their way into the sheep. Very gory. Hence theyre safer with no tails.
         
        03-18-2013, 06:03 PM
      #65
    Yearling
    TEXASBLAZE Put your hands in the air and back away from the blame....stop blaming yourself. I doubt that is why she lost this lamb.These things happen.

    Our sheeple, Islamb became pregnant at around 7 months because we thought Lambo had been properly castrated - he hadn't it turned out - he was a crypt orchid. Anyway I panicked my way through her entire pregnancy and she ended up giving birth to the tiniest lamb - Muslamb who is now a large sheeple.

    Unfortunately as with any pregnancy there are always risks associated but you must not blame yourself for this one - and we all learn from our mistakes.

    Now, enjoy the dear wee lambs you have - they are just gorgeous - your motherless sheep will end up being a wonderful Aunt to these lambs -

    WHEW! That was a lecture - sorry about that
         
        03-18-2013, 06:10 PM
      #66
    Yearling
    OOPS have to disagree with you about the tails Texas - last year I decided to leave tails on - as we have only a few sheep they can easily be shorn and kept clean.
    A few farmers over here have also decided to leave tails on - it used to be thought we had to dock but now we realise this is not so - the sheep keep their butts clean by wagging the tails across it and also a healthy sheep has firm pellets for dung so there should be no mess.
    So far we've had no problems at all and I would far rather not dock ANY animal - it is awful enough having to castrate the males.
    Having said that I hear what you say about fly strike and would MUCH rather see sheep docked than get flystruck!
    If you are going to dock do it asap and to be honest it is the banding that really put me off docking - cutting the tails or doing the hot iron which sounds horrendous but is, IMHO a much kinder method (Being instantaneous)
         
        03-18-2013, 06:13 PM
      #67
    Yearling
    Actually merlot she's a full and half sister to all these babies xD same daddy.

    The twins are both claimed now. The firstborn's name is now Hazel and second born is Loulou XD Two little nine year old girls who are best friends are beginning their show careers with my girls. And apparently my twins will both be future breeding ewes as well.



    Don't these smiles look great?! This is why I breed sheep. To see happy kids ;D
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        03-18-2013, 06:20 PM
      #68
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Merlot    
    OOPS have to disagree with you about the tails Texas - last year I decided to leave tails on - as we have only a few sheep they can easily be shorn and kept clean.
    A few farmers over here have also decided to leave tails on - it used to be thought we had to dock but now we realise this is not so - the sheep keep their butts clean by wagging the tails across it and also a healthy sheep has firm pellets for dung so there should be no mess.
    So far we've had no problems at all and I would far rather not dock ANY animal - it is awful enough having to castrate the males.
    Having said that I hear what you say about fly strike and would MUCH rather see sheep docked than get flystruck!
    If you are going to dock do it asap and to be honest it is the banding that really put me off docking - cutting the tails or doing the hot iron which sounds horrendous but is, IMHO a much kinder method (Being instantaneous)
    With the weather we have here in Texas its very common to get flystrike. It is probably much different weather where your lambies and if I could I would leave the tails. These guys have to be docked though to go into the showring. The way I see it its either dock them and give them a comfortable life as a show lamb or don't dock them and they will probably end up eaten. The lamb I decided to keep last year I docked her tail to keep flystrike away but not as short as I would a showlamb. She's still got a nub xD And yes. We are planning on docking them tomorrow. I wanted to do it when it was cooler so it would be a little bit anestetic for them but the bad weather just flew in so were getting them done tomorrow.
         
        03-18-2013, 06:24 PM
      #69
    Yearling
    Yep I understand Texas - flystrike is appalling - we are lucky it is not so common here though we do drench them for it.
         
        03-18-2013, 06:28 PM
      #70
    Yearling
    We don't drench. I've had good luck so far without it luckily!

    OH! I forgot to add. My show buddy/best friend bred two of her ewes to my ram last year as well. One didnt take because she was very overweight but her other ewe did. One boy but a VERY VERY big baby! And we got to watch her have him from start to finish!! Say hello to twister!

         

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