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Docking regulations

Jul 5, 2021 | Dry stock, Dry stock animal health & welfare, Sheep

Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets Morrinsville

Reminder: Docking regulations changed on 9th May 2020

Docking of lambs under 6 months of age is allowed to be carried out by non-veterinarians. Docking is a painful procedure for the lamb,  it is carried out for cleanliness and to reduce the risk of flystrike. You may only use a hot iron or a rubber ring. Animals over six months of age can only be docked by a veterinarian. 

The tail length must be no shorter than the end of the caudal fold which is the bare skin on the underneath of the tail (descends in a “V” from the top of the tail). This means the vulva in ewes is covered by the remaining tail and is a similar length in rams.


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