Ever since I started travelling around Ireland, I was wondering why sheep have all those bright paint marks on their fleece. Apparently, there are many reasons. The simplest being to mark the sheep’s owner as the animals usually roam freely and go anywhere they want, including visiting other farmers’ sheep 🙂 But paint is also used to mark the sheep that have received vaccination, deworming, or other treatment. Also, apparently, rams are given a harness with paint at mating season, so that they leave a mark on the sheep they mate with. So, I suppose, it’s not only the colour of paint that matters when interpreting the marks, but also its location on the sheep’s body.
This coloured beauty is one of the many lovely sheep we met on our recent trip. I will tell much more about it in my next post. Watch this space 😉