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post #71 of 72 Old 03-18-2013, 06:29 PM
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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.

Most everyone around here does theirs;the few I've seen who don't..Oh my goodness! It's sickening what flies/maggots can do to a sheep.I helped a shearer once do some ewes who had flystrike,and swore after that that I would never leave tails on mine.I don't dock very short though,as that can cause a whole set of problems in itself.
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post #72 of 72 Old 03-18-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Yes country rider it can! At first I was told to band them the day theyre born before their muscles are really formed yet but I ended up with tails that were too long that way so im trying a different way this year that the guy I bought my Ram from told me. He said to let them stay on for about 1-2 weeks so the muscles can develop where theyre going to be THEN band the tails and theyll always be correct. I've been lucky enough to never have delt with flystrike and I pray I don't have too. All my lambs are special to me. I showed my two ewes and my other ewe was the first lamb I ever had born and she's my baby. My ram is also a super expensive ram and is such a lovable guy. He comes up to have his head scratched ;3
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