We all know the city girl in me is still intimidated by the cows, even after living in New Zealand for 12 years. No worries, today’s story is about the sheep and lambs. It started with a simple question, “We are docking lambs tomorrow, do you want to come along? Bring your camera.”
I’ll admit, I had to look it up: “Docking is the intentional removal of part of an animal’s tail.“
Not sure exactly what to expect, I hopped on one of the “mules” and the team headed up to one of the paddocks that houses twin lambs (including the black lambs I saw a few weeks ago).
This was a tough day for me. My compassionate side couldn’t understand why they would do this, but my rational side asked the Ranger. It turns out that tails that are left on get covered in poo. This attracts blowflies which then lay eggs in the sheep, causing huge problems for the animal.
Docking lambs is a procedure that has been done by sheep farmers for centuries. Yet, I wanted to let them all run free, or to at least rescue a few. I didn’t.
Another interesting part of the process was the scanning to determine sheep pregnancy and number of babies done at the beginning of the season.
Had you heard of docking lambs before today? Did you enjoy the animal photos? What do you think of the way it is done?
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