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7 years 1 month ago #39575 by ckr
sheep wether or ewes was created by ckr
new to the game as you will be able to tell- does a wether urinate from mid stomach area and ewe from rear or do i have to catch them and look for the udders to confirm that i have ewes or wethers that i have inherited on my small holding
thanks

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7 years 1 month ago #506166 by terralee
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Welcome ckr ...hehe I love your question ...reminds me of how very much there is to learn[;)]
Yes wethers (castrated males) still have a penis located under their belly and pee from there ...a ewe will crouch and pee from under her tail /stump[}:)]

Don't be afraid of asking any question ...that is how we all learnt ..and there have been some hard case questions trustme[}:)]

Cheers

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7 years 1 month ago #506173 by ckr
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thanks for that - we have had a ram in with them - some are ewes and obviously as i have noticed some are wethers
it is a slow learning process :)

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7 years 1 month ago #506181 by tonic
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Welcome, there are some article and threads on lambing that you might want to take a look at. You're obviously just starting out with sheep and if you have a ram with the ewes you will have lambs, and possibly in the next couple of months...there is plenty to learn before then!

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7 years 1 month ago #506182 by LongRidge
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Welcome. Your question reminds me of some ewe hoggets that I bought from a friend. I knew that he knew what sex they were, so I didn't check until I saw them mounting each other a few days later :-).
Much the easiest way of checking sex is, if you have yards, lift their stump and check for one or two slits. Wethers do have an udder, complete with 2 teats, so you have to check for the pizzle stain.
If you are going to sell your sheep at the sale yards or freezing works, lambs have to have their juvenile teeth. As soon as their first adult teeth come through, they lose half their value.
Remember that it is absolutely illegal to sell any meat that is not alive.

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7 years 1 month ago #506183 by tonybaker
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do they have ear tags? Usually the tag is in the right ear for rams/wethers (r for right)

Wethers are for eating, ewes for breeding.

You don't want too many rams about as they can get stroppy. With a small flock, leave the rams and ewes together and they will give you some nice lambs in spring.

'Real' farmers will try to convince you to separate them, but I have run a small flock together for years with resulting inbred lambs and not had any problems.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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7 years 1 month ago #506190 by kindajojo
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.......hmmmmm yes I normally castrate the ram lambs I don't want to keep as Rams a few days after birth...and tag them all at 3 months.....a year or so back I got my son to tag the
Ewe lambs with red tags and the ram lambs with blue .......that was the year we wound up with about 25 ewes and 5 rams....no nuts ....it's a ewe...

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7 years 1 month ago #506203 by Mich
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Wethers can be extremely useful companions if you need/want to separate a ram or ewe out from the others. Sheep, being flock animals can get very anxious if they're left on their own without company.
Cheers, Mich.

Good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help someone up. Anon.

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7 years 1 month ago #506276 by Cigar
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This reminds me of a story I heard...
A herd of specially bred heifer calves were in the yards for blood samples to be taken, and one of the girls doing the sampling said "is there something wrong with that calf out in the yard, she's peeing out of the middle of her stomach". All the calves had been DNA tested and profiled - obviously no-one had checked for two X chromosomes (or lack of testicles...)!

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