A path to resolution regarding the show lamb tail docking controversy

Jeff Goodwin, Tim Murphy, Ross Jacobson, Jim Jenson, Jean Woloshuk, Bob Peterson, J. Willard Lemaster, Bill Shulaw, Troy Ott, Jan Busboom, Jerry Newman, Paul Kuber, Barney Cosner

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Abstract

Short dock length in show lambs increases health risks and creates animal welfare concerns. The study reported here was conducted to 1) describe a population of lambs that were docked at the distal end of the caudal fold in terms of a linear measurement, and 2) determine the changes in tail length between docking, weaning, and market. A total of 782 lambs docked at the distal end of the caudal fold, comprised the population of lambs in the study. The results provide descriptive statistics to help guide industry leaders and Extension professionals concerned with docking standards at shows and sales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume45
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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