Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:51 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 04:57 AM
Here in Iceland under the people with stockdogs it is considered exctly the right time to teach lambs respect for the dogs at this age.
Lambing is usually in may. They are free range with mummy over the summer. After the round up and the slaughter time there is a good window of time for dogtraining, and then those "líflömb" = lams selected to become producing ewes are about 5 months old.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:37 AM
As for "working" a group of lambs for dog training purposes, I'll sort off a group of 3-4 month old ram lambs to work; this is their "job" for a few weeks before going to market,
Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:59 AM
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:06 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:32 PM
Where we run into issues is when young stock are never worked when they are tiny and keeping to their mothers' sides, and then I try to work them with a dog and they are clueless - they don't know how to move off a dog's pressure, they worry and panic, and so forth.
The mothers will teach them if you and the dog give them half a chance.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:55 AM
The bottle calves we started at about a month but very gently and carefully.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:59 AM
Needless to say the ewe does not stomp on dogs.
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