Five days ago I wrote about my skepticism of raddle powder as a means for marking breeding.  I managed to apply more raddle to the young North Country Cheviot ram that day, and the results may turn me into a believer.

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The ram seemed pleased with his handiwork.

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My new conclusion is that raddle creates very clear marks, thank you very much, if you get enough of the damn stuff smeared on the ram.  And my concern that the ram lamb might not have been up to the job of breeding his group of 18 ewes seems premature as well.  Since the reapplication of raddle, he’s leaving a sea of red butts in his wake.