After all the lambs have been born it's time for docking. Docking means removing the lambs' tails. It sounds unkind but it's very important. If lambs aren't docked their tails get very dirty. Flies can lay eggs there and the hatching maggots can .... well, it's not nice to think about!
Children love 'helping' at docking time. Thom found a nice place for a rest!
To dock the lambs, a small rubber band is placed at the base of their tail. After a few weeks the tail just drops off. A little while after docking, the lambs are fine and eating again. It's not painful for long. In January we sell most of our lambs. By then it's the middle of summer and we don't have much grass. I hope this summer is warm but not too dry!
lamb's / lambs'
Possessive apostrophes with plurals can seem difficult! The rule is:
First make the noun into its plural form then add the apostrophe.
lamb > lambs > lambs'
- A lamb is a baby sheep. (singular)
- The lambs have tails. (plural)
- The lambs' tails get docked. (possessive plural)
Some plurals don't end in 's' like children. You add an s after the apostrophe:
child > children > children's
- Some people have one child. (singular)
- We have two children. (plural)
- The children's school is close by. (posessive plural)