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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Return Of The Small Beast

Readers may be interested to know that the Agricultural Graffiti Artists of Arkleby seem to have been at it again. Out in the fields Sheep-Fighting Man's flock now sport their autumnal identity markings - a splash of nicotine-stain yellow and a red or blue number sprayed upon their sides. So far we've managed to spot '35' and '44' (which is curious, because there's only 20-odd beasts in the field). The search is on for '66' or, better still, '666'. We'll keep you informed if any rough beasts slouch up to the bathroom window . . .

4 Comments:

Blogger Arthur Clewley said...

maybe some infra red paint or this magic water stuff that's used on the equipment,something invisible to the naked eye could be used, or at least more natural earthy colours. Ok, it may be impractical but it would look so much tidier.

I wonder if any poor lamb or calf just starting out in her first year of life is ever tagged with the number 13.

I suppose people will unjustly say I'm out of touch with agricutural economics now..sigh

11/10/06 9:14 pm  
Anonymous drjohn said...

Now wool is mainly used for roof insulation or compost rather than clothing I suppose it doesn't really matter what they paint them with!

11/10/06 10:18 pm  
Blogger Lampy said...

some time ago I was pressed into sheep wrangling duties, I think it was drench on this occasion, but each sheep attended to was given a splodge of waxy green paint on its head (other colours available). This is not to be confused with reddle, which was tied in a bag around the tups stomach, the idea being that you could then identify the serviced ewes by means of their baboon coloured bottoms.

11/10/06 11:57 pm  
Anonymous Eleanor said...

Of course you must post a picture of the ghost of the original "little beast" if one turns up!

13/10/06 11:39 pm  

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