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Discussion in 'Everything Else Sheep' started by mystang89, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Jun 10, 2019
    Sheepshape

    Sheepshape Herd Master

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    My skin looks fine UNTIL I put on my specs.....there again I can barely make out my face without them on......just some darker blobs on a lighter surface.
     
  2. Jun 10, 2019
    mystang89

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    Had my son take the pic while I held her. Looked fine to me. 20190610_093418.jpg
     
  3. Jun 10, 2019
    Purple Mountains Farm

    Purple Mountains Farm Exploring the pasture

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    This is my first day on the site and I've already learned so much from you folks!!! I was a bovine/equine person growing up, now getting into sheep. I thought some similar ideas as others mentioned; going with the vertebrae, the tail area and belly. I did however first think the ewe was 4-6yo rather than 2 going on 3. I believe there are some very good inquisitive helpful people aimed to help out Mustang89. Overall, I believe this is a wonderful site for us want-to-be-farmers like me and farmers who've been at it a very long period of consecutive time. For those highly experienced farmers/ranchers, I especially thank you for your contributions!
     
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    mystang89

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    Welcome to the site @Purple Mountains Farm ! I haven't been doing so all that long and 90% of what I know comes from the people here.

    That same poor ewe got her horns stuck in the fence today. I can assure you that she does NOT move like an elderly lady when you're trying to free her lol.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2019
    Sheepshape

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    Nice red colour. That young lady is as fit as a flea.Someone, however (and I'm not saying it's you) has a taste for nail and cuticle!

    Neither do elderly ladies if it comes to that.....they suddenly get the strength of a tup on steroids. No doubt, this troublesome YOUNG lady will spend her whole life giving you worries, but you'll be captivated by her. I have a little old ewe (aged 11) who sticks her head through fences, lamb feeders etc (one way only) and breaks into containers of food, silage bales and neighbours fields.....but I think she's a star.

    Good luck with that one.
     
  6. Jun 11, 2019
    mystang89

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    LMBO! First time I've laughed that hard at 7am in... Ever. The mail and cuticle are fine garnishes to any platter :p

    I'm glad she's doing well and yes, she is by far my favorite sheep. I look forward to a long while to go with her.
     
  7. Jun 11, 2019
    mysunwolf

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    @mystang89 is this an Awassi ewe? They tend to carry weight a bit more like a dairy sheep, so while they'll look sunken in around the hips when you do traditional body condition scoring, check their ribs like on a dairy cow and you should get a more accurate picture.
     
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    mystang89

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    She is an Awassi. Thanks for the tip. I'll check up on how to check the ribs on dairy cows right now.
     
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    mystang89

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    Just looked up the conditioning for cows. That was helpful. Thanks
     
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  10. Jun 12, 2019
    mysunwolf

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    I'm glad! We struggle with accurately judging BCS with our East Friesians, who tend to be even more sunken looking, and looking at the ribs has been very helpful.
     
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