Barbados Blackbelly are slow to mature, and sheep do not reach ideal weight until about 2 years of age. At that time,
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Two of my ram lambs have developed scurs even though their sire is totally polled. Is a ram with scurs less valuable or desirable than a ram with no scurs?
Scurs occur! Many adult polled rams had scurs as lambs that were broken off during a fight with other rams. Some people knock the scurs off so that they won't get caught on fencing. These rams, then, appear to have been polled all along. There is nothing wrong with scurs. Rams and ewes on the island of Barbados are polled or have short scurs. Even though your ram and ewe do not have scurs or horns they may still carry the trait for scurs or even for larger horns. So if a ewe with the genes to produce scurs mates with a ram with genes to produce scurs then they may produce offspring with scurs. About 1 in 10 purebred rams from polled parents will get horns large enough that they should be culled rather than bred.
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