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Claire B

  • Joined Apr 2019
Marking black sheep
« on: June 01, 2019, 09:01:41 am »
Can anyone recommend a marker for our Welsh Black Mountain sheep that will last longer than a day or two please?
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2019, 09:10:36 am »
Hi Claire, the simple answer is no, not really. However, you might find this thread useful.


Failing that, how about white gloss paint?  :coat:
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2019, 09:47:57 am »
Tying some white or brightly coloured wool yarn into the fleece works.  We tied yarn markers into the neck wool of two of our black lambs, stayed in for weeks and was very visible.
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Me

  • Joined Feb 2014
  • Wild West
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2019, 09:48:27 am »
Are the white sprays no good?

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2019, 03:09:31 pm »
Are the white sprays no good?


Oddly, yellow shows up better.
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Claire B

  • Joined Apr 2019
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 02:49:44 pm »
Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions. Can’t find a white marker on the market; can anyone help? The yellow only lasts a couple of days. May have to try tying in wool yarn but would mean buying it specially as I’m no knitter!

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 08:19:29 pm »
Blue raddle used on our ewes was still faintly visible when we lambed them.  I use a blue spray when I need to see the mark the following week.  Yellow disappears the fastest.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2019, 08:43:15 pm »
Thank you all for your ideas and suggestions. Can’t find a white marker on the market; can anyone help? The yellow only lasts a couple of days. May have to try tying in wool yarn but would mean buying it specially as I’m no knitter!

Charity shops often have yarn ;)
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macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2019, 09:51:44 pm »
Or eBay  :idea:
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Black Sheep

  • Joined Sep 2015
  • Briercliffe
    • Monk Hall Farm
Re: Marking black sheep
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2019, 04:43:39 pm »
The yellow only lasts a couple of days.

Try different brands. I've found the Carrs Billington own brand yellow and orange show up well and last longer than other makes such as Nettex Marksman.

Also some areas are more prone to rubbing off than others.

If you really need something long lasting then could you use raddle paste? There were traces in our tup's fleece for months after tupping. Just not sure if the oil would be an issue in the hotter months?

 

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