It´s springtime, and “Lamby” is born under an eucalyptus tree. A few months into her life she is marked, meaning her tail is removed in order to prevent a build-up of dirt around her hindquarter. A conscious farmer uses a rubber ring to stop the blood circulation, so that the tail falls off by itself without causing Lamby any pain. She will also get an identification tag on her ear, and soon after she will be shorn for the first time, meaning that all her wool will be cut off with an electric machine instead of a Sheep Shear like before. This might be tickly, but not harmful for Lamby. Now and then Lamby will be crutched, meaning only bits of her wool will be removed. Mainly in soiled areas where the meat-eating blowfly would find hatching ground, like in her back-end, belly and head. The blowfly is a viscous insect that likes to live in humid skinfolds of the sheep. A few years ago many sheep farms got rid of the problem by mulesing, that is cutting off pieces of the skin around Lamby’s tail without using anesthesia. Luckily, today this practice of unnecessary mutilation is on its way out of the field, and into the history books. All of Devold’s farms are now non-mulesing farms.
To tackle the blowfly forward thinking farms have instead invested in a new breed of sheep, the plainer SRS-sheep (Soft Rolling Skin). With this type of sheep the skin waves more than it wrinkles and therefore there are basically no spots on Lamby’s body that will make a good breathing ground for the blowfly. Finer, fresher and flatter than her ancestors, Lamby will still have kept her excitement for “the top of the world”-feeling, just like many of the human adventurers who eventually will be wearing her wool in form of warm clothes.