This past weekend and today we did some sheep wrangling. We worked with a dozen lambs. They needed their tails docked, ears tagged, and vaccinations. I didn’t think that was too bad because they are small and fairly easy to handle. It takes three people to do the job efficiently. Today was another story. Two rams needed to go to the vet to be fertility tested. They didn’t want to go and were not agreeable to walking to the truck and stepping into the cage which was on the back of the truck. What’s up with that?? My husband took the brunt of the unhappy rams but eventually persuaded them to load up. So what was it like in the good old days?
I don’t think anyone would have taken a ram for fertility testing. A hand shake and your word was good enough. The only time you had to load up a ram was when you sold him. I think the wrangler and the ram would have been much happier!
Four generations of Adam men have raised sheep on their farms. They raised wool sheep in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the 21st century this changed because it is difficult to find someone locally to shear the sheep.They now raise hair sheep which orginally came from South Africa.
Here is a picture of a herd of wool sheep taken in 1914. In the background, you can see the Conrad Adam/Julius Adam house.
Sheep Grazing in front of Conrad Adam Home. Photograph of the original held by Gunner Froebel family. Digital copy privately held by Regina Adam. Boerne.