A path to resolution regarding the show lamb tail docking controversy Academic Article uri icon


  • Short dock length in show lambs increases health risks and creates animal welfare concerns. The study reported here was conducted to 1) describe a population of lambs that were docked at the distal end of the caudal fold in terms of a linear measurement, and 2) determine the changes in tail length between docking, weaning, and market. A total of 782 lambs docked at the distal end of the caudal fold, comprised the population of lambs in the study. The results provide descriptive statistics to help guide industry leaders and Extension professionals concerned with docking standards at shows and sales. Copyright by Extension Journal, Inc.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Extension

author list (cited authors)

  • Goodwin, J., Murphy, T., Jacobson, R., Jenson, J., Woloshuk, J., Peterson, B., ... Cosner, B.

publication date

  • January 2007