Docking 2017

25 Jun

Belle helping the humans

Go that-a-way!

When most of the lambs are on the ground, we are faced with the next big task–docking. This is a major job which involves handling each and every lamb which has recently been born–giving it an earmark, castrating it if it is a male, judging if it is replacement quality if it is a female, vaccinating for enterotoxemia and tetanus, cutting the tail, and last, but not least, stamping on a paint brand. This operation involves a lot of moving parts with a lot of coordination of critters and people. It calls for all hands and the cook!

Heading into the corral

Bringing up the ewes

Docking crew ready to go

McCoy, with the docking crew and the Dinkum Docker

Siobhan taking a break

Rhen and Tiarnan–the happy dockers!


Tyler, German, Juan and Rafael at the docking board

German holds lamb while Kimmy castrates

Jaime putting a lamb into the Dinkum Docker

Tyler and Jaime

the multi-talented Kimmy vaccinating

Rhen branding for Pepe

Brittany counting tails

After the docking

Luka supervising lunch

Time for rest and contemplation of tails




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2 responses to “Docking 2017

  1. flyfishrandy

    July 19, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    What are marvelous set of pictures that told a great story in some beautiful country. I was glad to see the sheep grazing after all they went through that day . It looked like all the hands had a pretty full day also – what hard workers! It was people just like that that built and settled this country and that same work ethic is alive today at Ladder Ranch.

  2. panavia999

    July 23, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Great series of photos. Many thanks for posting.


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