I would ask your vet yes. They may whingeI've two older lambs that I'm looking as selling on for breeding, they missed having their tails docked as the main flock started lambing sooner than expected. There about 3-4 months old now. What's the routine? Vet job or will they just whinge and say leave alone
At Newton Rigg college in the nineties we were taught how to screw the tail off in your hands. Lambs never flinched or bled,I thought it was brilliant. I tried showing Dad at home one weekend and our lambs were a lot older. It didn't go well......never tried since.Long ago, when the world was young, I was lucky enough to have sat drinking cider (or very possibly zyder) with an old fella locally - 'mutton chop' side burns, bowler hat, the works
....now long gone sadly.
Amidst the pearls of wisdom was how to cut off lambs tails
You do em with a sharp knife when they'm several weeks.
They'm best when they'm doin real well, and fat as butter.
Don't ee upset um, cuz they'll bleed too much else.
Juzz pen em up with their muthars close by the chopping block (and i'm sure he said knife rather than axe), and speak quiet to em, find a joint tween thar bones... and there tiz.
An then you kin ave lambs tail pie fer tea...bootie!
He went on to describe curing constipation in bullocks- a process involving a handful of lard-, various other animal husbandry techniques
....and ever mindful to impart good advice to a rapt youngster.....what to do with a sore finger. (All together now...'you put it in zyder')
As far as the OP? Leave em on now.
I got plenty of long tail ewes, and see it as sign they jumped up and ran before Basil or I could get near em. a good sign!
And it may not ''bother'' them but to a certain extent that is irrelevantWas always a knife here on a dry day, pile of ewes tails to the right, wedders to the left, the grandfather would count them out at the end. Never seemed to bother them.
The one box of rings here said legal in NZ until five months. Don't see that on the legs in Tesco
Just out of curiosity,how common is mulesing ( might be spelt wrong ) in NZ and Australia now? Makes a rubber ring look pretty tame
Cousin-in-law o mine was over 4-5 years past. He's a grain farmer first, and admits it- but had started keeping a few (hundred) sheep when corn was a dead loss.It's been banned in NZ since 01 October 2018. Still used in Australia, but there are alternatives such as breeding wrinkle free merions and using a technique similar to freeze branding.
About a year ago I had lunch with an Australian wool farmer. She bred away from mulesing 20 years ago, and is now looking for an alternative to live export for her slaughter merino wethers.