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  •  Umm...a whether is a castrated ram or bull used.. (3+ / 0-)
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    by farmers to determine when ewes or cows are in heat.  Makes it easier to breed them.

    •  This is also why sheep or cows tend to follow... (1+ / 0-)
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      linkage

      them.

    •  If he's castrated, he doesn't care (1+ / 0-)
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      fly

      when the ewes are in heat.

      Most shepherds castrate their rams (or eat/sell them young as lamb) because unfixed males cause too much trouble. They rent a stud at the appropriate time of year to impregnate they ewes.

      Of the(castrated) males, one emerges by consensus as the flock leader. The shepherd puts a bell on him so s/he can find him (and the flock behind him) when the wander into the woods.

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