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Bucks–all dressed up and someplace to go

04 Dec
bucks in their working clothes

bucks in their working clothes

Jumping out of the trailer

Jumping out of the trailer

 

The bucks have been waiting all year,  or at least since February, to hang out with the girls again. They spend most of the year hanging out with each other, and plotting to escape from the buck pastures. At long last, breeding season has arrived and they can find romance. We sprinkle their wool with red powder to make it easier for the herders to count and identify them, load them into the trailer and take them to the pasture where the ewes are awaiting them. For the ewes, it means a very brief moment of passion, five months (less five days) of pregnancy, and four or five months of raising lambs. They probably find their lives to be a lot more interesting!

on the run

on the run

Filo gets ready to move the bucks

Filo gets ready to move the bucks

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Animals, Peruvian sheepherders, Sheep

 

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