The Issue of Horns (or a horny issue)

Because I haven’t blogged in forever and because someone asked me about ewe lamb laterals, I decided to answer via my blog. If you don’t care about laterals, you can stop at the sunflower.
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Everyone that raises 4 horned Jacob Sheep knows how hard those ewe lambs can be on their laterals. And we all know the nail biting time while we wait to see if those laterals are going to really be horns. Or will they be scurs?

While my favorite ewe lambs show up with strong horns from the beginning like Sashay
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some ewe lambs take a little longer to develop strong laterals. You can generally feel the horn core beneath the surface, but you can’t always see it. Lisha’s horns at 3 months certainly don’t look very promising.

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I was glad when she broke them. The blood is actually a good sign. It shows that she has a true horn core.

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Just over a week later, she shows a strong horn beginning to grow. Although it’s abit hard to see in the picture, the “nub” is very firm and just under an inch in diameter.

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Don’t despair too quickly on those slow developing ewe lambs. If you can feel a core, patience will likely pay off!

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