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nimbusllama

  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Sheep Head Stock see bargain special offer!
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:08:39 am »
I am hankering after one of these, but need to check if they are suitable for horned sheep (Castlemilk Moorits) ?


Many thanks
« Last Edit: May 12, 2015, 11:05:20 pm by nimbusllama »

Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 09:26:47 am »
Yes i have one and I have used it for horned sheep.  Can't say I use it very often ... I think i've got it out of the cupboard just once or twice!!

Dogwalker

  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 12:48:01 pm »
I've seen them used with angora goats with no problems.

beagh-suffolks

  • Joined Oct 2014
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2015, 01:04:59 pm »
i made mine and we use it on variety of different breeds (anything from blackies to suffolks) ...i use mine all the time :)

Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2015, 01:55:03 pm »
That sounds great BS - any chance of some photos?  :thumbsup:
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beagh-suffolks

  • Joined Oct 2014
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2015, 09:21:40 pm »
we made a small platform for ours too, just to save the back and ,teaches our show lambs to stand better, the headstock we have made a quick release system in case something happens.
« Last Edit: January 27, 2015, 09:24:38 pm by beagh-suffolks »

nimbusllama

  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2015, 10:50:05 pm »
Very many thanks for all the helpful advice.... and your version looks fabulous BS... I will be on the look out for one!  :)

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2015, 03:14:43 am »
we made a small platform for ours too, just to save the back and ,teaches our show lambs to stand better, the headstock we have made a quick release system in case something happens.
Very good, it even enables them to stand on their heads  ;D
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2015, 11:11:23 am »
Thanks for the pics!  :thumbsup:
 
I think I need to make up something similar for our big Zwartble tup, Ace.  He's a gentle boy, but hates having his feet done, and there's no way I can tip him.
 
The last time, I got Mrs Womble (lovely, slim, size 8, blow away in a wind Mrs Womble) to restrain Ace by hugging him around his neck whilst also holding onto a gate, whilst I nipped round the back to check him over.

Unfortunately, I'd left a scoop of coarse mix on top of a strainer post for afterwards, and just as I was finishing the first foot, it blew off the post, scattering tasty nibbles all over the place.
 
Needless to say, I was kicked in the balls whilst Mrs Womble was dragged off up the field, still hugging Ace. We still have no idea what his other three feet are like  :roflanim: .
 
 
 
Edit: What about one of these as an alternative option?:
 

 
They're on sale for 225+VAT from Fane Valley (By the way, I know that's not a sheep).
« Last Edit: January 28, 2015, 11:47:02 am by Womble »
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nimbusllama

  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Re: Sheep Head Stock see bargain special offer!
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2015, 08:48:09 am »
I have just ordered one of these for the bargain price of 62.49 as Ascott have got these on sale.  :excited:


http://www.ascott-dairy.co.uk/shepherds-mate-portable-head-gate/
« Last Edit: May 12, 2015, 11:04:06 pm by nimbusllama »

daveh

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • South Northamptonshire
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2015, 09:25:39 am »
A cheap alternative is to use either a loop of rope or an old fan belt. Attach this to any railed enclosure or a post and pop the sheep's head through. I use this method to restrain both my Castlemilk Moorits (very flexible active sheep) and my Cotswolds (huge, heavy and very strong sheep).

Regards, Dave

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2015, 11:23:47 am »
I use an old stirrup leather which of course has holes already punched through.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2015, 11:25:04 am »
We use bailer plaited bailer twine made into a loop
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ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2015, 01:35:24 pm »
Can one of you who uses alternatives (ie stirrup leathers or rope) post a photo also? I can't quite visualise how it's attached? Me t question is how to get the big brute in position to attach?! This would be idea, for my billy goat but he digs his heels in and I can't budge him.

harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Sheep Head Stock
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2015, 03:06:12 pm »
I catch my sheep, fasten the stirrup leather around it's neck. Move it to where I won't to secure it. Hold against gate. Unfasten leather slip round cross bar on gate so gate and sheep within the loop and tighten up.


Could you feed "your brute" by a gate then you haven't so far to go to get him secure?


I haven't done this but I guess you can hang a haynet on the gate as well to keep them occupied whilst you do feet etc.


Thinking about a sheep crush my friend made - the sheep or goat once in the frame is held by two upright metal bars that it's head goes through and it fastens on the neck - like some goat milking stands. The bars are on a pivot, have chains at the top which fasten over the ends of the frame at the front so you can accommodate different sizes. You could do this on a post and rail fence or adapt a gate. You just need a hole to put the head through and the two bars and something to fasten to.


The bars when open make a V and when closed to hold the sheep close together. They are on separate pivots slightly apart.


We borrowed it when we needed a ewe to take a lamb and it sits on the ground and the sheep stands on a board so it can't move the frame. For doing other jobs like feet you don't need the frame just the head holding idea.


Hope that made sense!?!?

 

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