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Hi there,<br><br><br><br>
I was at the countryside today, and I've seen a farm, they had lots of sheep there. When I've glanced at them, I had to look again, because they were red. Every single one of them was red. I've never seen anything like it. I've seen some sheep has a little spray mark on their fur, but those ones were covered from head to toe with, I don't know red spray.<br><br>
I am just wondering, does anyone know why they were covered in red paint?<br><br>
Is that not harming them?<br><br>
Is that mean they are going to get sheared soon?<br><br><br><br>
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Never heard of it .....wheres the photo , you say will the "red paint" hurt the sheep<br><br>
How do you know its read paint ?<br><br>
Its probably a red dye put in the dipping trough .
 

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I doubt it's pre-shearing, because the best fiber to dye is the natural off-white.<br><br><br><br>
Are you sure they were sheep? And how red was the red? Is it possible they were alpaca? I think alpaca are more of a brownish, but just thought I'd ask. There are other animals that look like sheep that can have brownish red coats.
 

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or was it more like <a href="http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/californiared/index.htm" target="_blank">THIS?</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.livestockconcepts.com/SiRoMarkBrandingPaint.html" target="_blank">http://www.livestockconcepts.com/SiR...dingPaint.html</a>
 

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<a href="http://whatdoiknow.typepad.com/what_do_i_know/2005/08/friday_sheep_bl_1.html" target="_blank">http://whatdoiknow.typepad.com/what_...heep_bl_1.html</a>
 

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Hi,<br><br><br><br>
They were definately sheep (in Scotland,) they had bright red something on their backs. I've seen them! I never seen that before that's why I was wondering what could it have been?
 

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Was under the impression that they were red all over it seems they have only red on there backs . It could be like in Wounder Randies post.<br><br>
Or it could be a mating mark left by a ram . Farmers tie a marking block between the front legs of a ram which marks the ewe when they mate . The farmer then knows which ewes are mated and when to move his ram on .It leaves quite a mark usually red on the rump of the ewe . I dont now if it is the season up where you are .
 

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Was under the impression that they were red all over it seems they have only red on there backs . It could be like in <b>Wounder Randies</b> post.<br><br>
Or it could be a mating mark left by a ram . Farmers tie a marking block between the front legs of a ram which marks the ewe when they mate . The farmer then knows which ewes are mated and when to move his ram on .It leaves quite a mark usually red on the rump of the ewe . I dont now if it is the season up where you are .</div>
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That's WonderRandy.... thank you.
 

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That's WonderRandy.... thank you.</div>
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Thank you for the compliment "WonderRandy" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/guitarist.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":guitar:">
 

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I was about to say what bluesand said, about the ram markings.<br><br>
Or it could be that the farmer marked the sheep that he was going to ship.<br><br>
We have sheep.
 

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The red paint or whatever was covering the sheep's back and side it looked like it was all over them, but I didn't see under their bellies, but I think it was red there too.
 

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Mangogirl, maybe you should try asking someone who lives nearby. And then come tell us, because I'm curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I will, I might be able to take some pictures of them too.
 

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I'm the one who took the photo of the Irish sheep. I can tell you, from my experience here in the UK, that quite often sheep and lambs seem to be almost covered by the spray paint. The paint is used to identify the lambs and to match them with their moms. One symbol is for the farm, another is for the ewe. The numbers increase as the number of lambs increase. One farm may have 800 sheep.<br><br><br><br>
I was on a lambing trip to Wales, and they let some of the younger kids hold the spray paint can. It went all over! Then the wool grows out and by mid summer those sheep are indeed covered with paint!<br><br><br><br>
I also learned that sheep are not, for the most part, raised for their wool, but for the lamb meat. The wool is almost more trouble than it's worth to remove.
 

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Hi KathyF<br><br><br><br>
Thanks! Now I know! It was bothering me a lot!
 
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