Post by valiantfarmer on Nov 28, 2020 0:13:19 GMT -5
Recently we started milking our ewes, we are certainly not looking at getting rid of our cows, but some of us are temporarily not allowed cows milk, so have had to get a substitute, but we don't mind spending extra time with our dear sheep & lambs and are enjoying the milk too!!!
We have a 4 month old ram (Suffolk), around a month ago we started milking his mum and another ewe (with twins), so we were keeping a much closer eye on them than normal, as they are usually out grazing in the paddock.
About 3 weeks ago I noticed he started to grow 'Horns' , Suffolk sheep usually do not have horns and his dad certainly doesn't.
Last week we noticed he had lost one of them, and the other one is very wobbly and the 'horn' is flaky.
Is it a problem? Are they Scurs? I saw a previous thread on a calf with scurs. I would appreciate any thoughts you have.
Anyway, we need to get started on the evening milkings, including 3 sheep and 3 cows (totaling anywhere from 10-13 milkings a day since Milkah calved!!)
Thanks in advance!!!
"Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established" - Proverbs 16:3
Even breeds that are supposed to be polled can grow scurs, they're not a part of the horn gene setup. Just watch to make sure they don't grow too close to the head (making places that can get flyblown) or grow round into the eye, otherwise they should be fine.
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