herdcentral Posted September 4, 2011 Report Share Posted September 4, 2011 My lambs are nearly 10 days old and I decide that I had better band their little testicles. So I had to get them into a yard. I am not currently set up very well and am waiting on some portable yard pannels. My ewes are not used to dogs as I got them when pregnant and have used my dog broke whethers for training. I decided to use my rising 2 year old BC as my young kelpie is a nice worker but is not good with sheep that aggrssively challenge her. I sent my BC Drift on a big cast, something he does do well and he came in nice and wide behind the ewe lamb group and started to try and lift them towards me. Well they were not having any of it and charged him repeatedly. He held his ground and tried his best to move them but evetually I got behind them and I got them moving and got him in driving mode so I kept them moving and he kept flanking to either side to keep them together. Which was close to impossible with each ewe doing her own thing but we managed somehow. Once I got them near my round yard I realised that it was going to be tricky getting them in because they were being so uncoperative and very flighty especially for a young dog, so I got him to hold them pressed in a corner of the paddock near the yard while I grabbed lambs who were being equally uncooperative. We did one ewe at a time and it was quite a circus with each ewe charging for all she was worth. My dog was up for it and he did a good job and also lay down when I asked him too. Eventually I got each lamb and banded it. I went through the whole circus the next day again as being new to this I realised I need to protect them agaist tetanus and it gave me the opportunity to check if a very small lamb still had his testicles below the band. Before the next vaccinating I want to build a better yard because my paddocks are so big. How do experienced dogs deal with aggressive ewes and their lambs. These are pretty wild and had not been handled much, certainly not seen dogs. Once they are ready I will put them in with my trained whethers and calm them down and get them used to it. My dog is pretty strong and confident is defintely willing to work with them, but I wouldnt put my other young dog on them. But before this should I keep doing short sessions with them and my young dog? to get them used to being worked without the drama?. My young dog was actually quite good although with all the charging and butting going on he didnt always respond to my commands although I have to say he was pretty good in all the excitement and I could get him down. I would prefer not to have to go through it all again. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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