Saturday, April 19, 2008

Jeepers Creepers!

Here are a few pictures of the lambs enjoying thier 'space', not having to fight with their mothers for solid food must be wonderful!



This ram lamb is the cream of the crop to my eyes; he is stout and beefy, the only problem is he may have a white spot too low on his forhead, if it doesnt go away, he will not be registerable. He also has a very fat tail, something I would like to propogate in my flock.




Here is that fat tail! Anyone else that raises tunis sheep, let me know what you think about this; should I cut that tail off or not? I was thinking of taking at least the last two or three inches off, but I am leaning toward keeping most of it...

6 comments:

Mim said...

You need a bigger creep!! Those lambs are huge! and your camera works how nice.

Kathy said...

Gosh! They're monsters compared to my guys! I don't know about Tunis tails, but he sure does have "the look" about the rest of him. Are facial spots not allowed in the registry?

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

LOL yes it does :)
And Yes, I think I do need a bigger creep! We have two big dog houses that the dogs dont use (they use the biggest dog house of them all, our house) I am thinking of taking one of them and setting it at the end of the creep where the 'gate' is, so we have a place to put the grain where it wont get wet and that will give them more room...
Kathy, the standard says no spots below the eye ridges, he has one tiny one just between his eyes. I havent seen this much white this low before, but usually the white on the tops of their heads fade as they get older, hoping this happens with him.

Sharon said...

Why not keep his tail - then you'll for the future how long you want tails to be. Your sheep are gorgeous and well nourished. My heart goes out to Mim and hope she'll be able to celebrate lambs soon too. I'm sorry I missed your visit but at least now I have your cell number :^)

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Aw, what a cute tail! I'm a Shetland person, so you KNOW what I'll say -- let the sheep keep what God gave 'em. hee!

Julie said...

I never dock a tail shorter than the ends of the caudal folds, which generally means that you would keep the fat part anyway, since a fat tail generally isn't fat all the way to the tip.

Having dealt with coccidia in wool sheep whose tails weren't docked (these were my neighbor's sheep) I can say it was a poopy nightmare and prime for flystrike.

I absolutely disagree with the extremely short docks you see on club lambs and many show sheep, but if you dock at the end of the caudal fold the sheep's "private parts" will be adequately covered and you avoid messes in the tail wool. And anyone will certainly be able to see that the tail is fat.