Sunday, February 1, 2009
Rooing or what?
About a month ago, I noticed Charlie was losing the wool on his neck. This happened last year in May. At the time, I thought it was because the sheep shearer hadn't been here yet, and it was getting hot. Well, it certainly is not hot now! We've been having single digit temperatures, and he continues to lose more wool. Now he's lost this wool on his shoulder blade? Any of my Shetland-breeder blogpals know what this is? Is it just rooing or what?
I'm glad I haven't registered him yet. He'll be two this summer, and I almost registered him last year, but I didn't like the looks of his horns and decided to wait and see what they did. If this is a rooing thing, it is definitely not something I want to pass on to future generations, so castrating seems like the best idea. In fact, although the horns are not life-threatening, I know we can do better, so he'll be saying bye-bye to the family jewels pretty soon.
Speaking of castration, I'm happy to report that the Burdizzo worked on all the lambs and goats I used it on last year. It is definitely now my preferred method of castration.