Monday, March 28, 2016

Tales Of The Tails


This is one of my favorite ewes.  I think she's very "handsome".  I'm not saying that in any sort of derogatory way.  While she's not exactly "feminine and petite", she's a ewe I always see and think "now that's a nice ewe".  If I was building a ewe flock, I'd want her in there.  And she raises nice lambs.


Look at that tail spinning.  When lambs are latched on and nursing well, their tails goes crazy.  If you see a lamb looking like it's nursing or trying to nurse, but no tail action, be suspicious of a problem.


Round and round they go!


And mom is not complaining.  She's actually just calmly chewing her cud while she lets her lambs fill up.  Isn't she a nice ewe? :-)


The Training Center, Cynthiana, Kentucky.


17 comments:

Alice said...

Nice? Ewe betcha!

Mary Ann said...

I don't know much about sheep but I can tell a happy baby when I see it

Mary Ann said...

I don't know much about sheep but I can tell a happy baby when I see it

Grey Horse Matters said...

She's a very nice ewe. I didn't know about the tail spinning,that's interesting. What adorable little lambies.

Sandra Morris said...

We were just laughing about the tail wagging that the lambs do when they eat :) It is usually a pretty good indicator they are getting milk, when the tail is going crazy :)
Nice Ewe!

I need orange said...

She *is* a nice ewe. Long may she prosper.

Susan said...

Love the whipping tails and looks ain't everything! Nice ewe.

Terry and Linda said...

She is a nice ewe!

Linda

Shirley said...

Lovely! So- why do they dock the tails? I like the tails!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Adorable. This warms my heart!
kim

sophy0075 said...

The only way I'd love this more is as a video, with the spinning there for us to see. Thanks!

Far Side of Fifty said...

She is a beauty and looks like the best Mama ever:)

LannieK said...

She is beautiful and her adorable lambies... HaPpY!

thecrazysheeplady said...

We dock tails for health and sanitary reasons. Tails that hang down tend to get in the way of, um, bodily functions, and can get scalded (what happens to Maisie if I don't keep diaper rash ointment on her cute little butt cheeks ;-) or if it stays moist, flies can lay eggs in the dampness and you sure don't want to go there :-o. I love Maisie's cute tail, but honestly she'd be happier without it, as crazy as that sounds.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm working on it. Apparently lambs have video radar and will stop wagging when you turn on the camera :-D.

Mrs Shoes said...

I had no idea about the nursing/tail spinning - great piece of knowledge to store away (despite the fact that we do not have any sheep).

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Such a great Momma!!
Adorable cycle of life!!

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