Hello! I received at my boyfriends family farm two rams, babies at the time, last May for my birthday. I had the vet out who gave their shots and casterated this one, as it was mentioned that the reproductive organs/urinary tract isn't right. We never really, unfortunately, went more in-depth. We've noticed as he's grown that our little ram is possibly more female. His urine spills all over his tail and he has testicles that were banded (one is much smaller then the other). Has anyone experienced this before? Is he in pain? We are trying to decide their future as in do we get an ewe to mate with the other male and what we would do with this Ram. The two currently are like best friends with the uncastrated one humping the other all time. Thank you for your comments and help. I would hate for this animal to be in any pain or have there be something else we might be able to do for it and not do it.
Ram reproductive organs/urinary tract(5 posts)
Sorry I cannot give you any help as I have not got sheep, but I got a link which is in the USA which may be able to help you further. I am assuming as you talked about shots you live in US.
Has the Vet given you any more advice? maybe it would be best if they had a look again at the castrated one.
Sounds like you love and take good care of them
Welcome to the farmingfriends forum. If you are able to speak to your vet for more advice then I think I would do this.
It sounds like your uncastrated ram is ready for a ewe but will this upset the relationship between the two males if your castrated ram is not in pain and you were to keep him?
I will ask some of my sheep farmer friends as I don't have sheep.
Found this article which talked about how we might tell if a lamb is in pain http://www.sheepandgoat.com/articles/welfaredockcast.html
"For animals, the tools used to evaluate pain are usually the behavior changes and physiological responses that occur as a result of a husbandry practice or other stress. Based on observations of lambs that have been docked and/or castrated, researchers have determined that restlessness is an indication of pain, that lateral recumbency is more indicative of pain than vertical recumbency, and that extension, rather than flexion of the hind limb generally indicates more pain. Abnormal standing or walking indicates more pain, while standing or lying still may reduce pain. Increased vocalization has also been associated with an increase in pain."
Hope your rams are ok.
sara @ farmingfriends
Hi Melinda, good information on pain evaluation from Sara. I am concerned about what you've said about your castrated ram (called a 'wether' in UK) as, if the job is done properly, he shouldn't have any testicles at all - they should drop off within a few days of the rubber ring being applied (BTW this method is only legal in the UK on a ram lamb <7 days old - it can cause quite severe discomfort for a few days, but then the lamb will be fine. The other thing that worries me is the way he urinates: the ram's penis is situated under his belly - about 6 inches forward of his rear legs, so urine really should not soil his tail. It does sound as though he has a physiological problem and I suggest you ask a vet to examine him as soon as possible, preferably one who specialises in sheep.
As for mating your other ram; in a normal flock the ram would mate with a large number of ewes (as many as 70 or more!) so it worries me that a single ewe may get too much attention! And yes, the wether would get distressed on his own, sheep are much happier in a group.
I hope you manage to sort out your wether's problems - but just ask if you are still worried.
Hi Melinda. I had a hemaphrodite lamb who appeared to be female but had an enlarged clitoris (like a small penis) within the vulva. She urine dribbled and I had her put to sleep as she suffered very badly from fly strike despite washing her every day and spraying her with repellent. Any sheep who urine dribbles is likely to suffer from fly strike. A Smallholder says if the ram was castrated correctly there should be no testicles so don't understand why there is a small one!
Best of luck
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