Hickory Hill Farm
"Natural color, naturally raised, naturally good sheep."

Beware of Punk Sheep

We at Hickory Hill Farm are presenting this information as a public service. There is a disturbing "disease" started by the infamous New Zealand Punk Sheep. The behavior of this particular rogue flock is spreading fast. Each sheep is either bright pink or purple. As you might imagine, that is not their natural color. Opinions are mixed on how they got that way since the shepherds claim that there was no form of dye kept anywhere near the sheep.

Note that this odd group of rebel sheep arose independent of the album Punk Sheep On Drugs. Even though it was unrelated, the album sure didn't help matters once the sheep found out about it.

Many of these Punk sheep have up to a dozen ear tags. Many of the tags are placed on parts of the sheep besides the ear.

When they get sheared, despite the shearer's best intentions, they frequently and mysteriously manage to leave significant areas unshorn such as a strip running front to back on the head. Many have arranged to add extra lanolin so that the wool can be formed into long spikes.

These sheep made the news a few years back because of their anti-social behavior. Witnesses said that small flocks were getting out at night and loitering outside convenience stores and disturbing the customers.

Unfortunately the incidence of such Punk Sheep has spread to the United States. That is why we thought that it was imperative that we spread the word. Recently one our sheep (Bridey) turned punk overnight. We took her picture that afternoon and are presenting it online here for you to see. We hope that by providing this information we can help other shepherds stem the tide of this growing and troubling phenomenon.

We expected that it is just a phase that she would outgrow especially since none of the other sheep in our flock participated in this disruptive behavior. In fact the others were quick to ridicule her and call her names such as "baah" and "baaaah". We were not able to obtain translations, but we can only imagine that these labels were harsh.

Luckily we were right and it turned out to be only a brief exercise in trying something new. With our conservative flock, the peer pressure must have been considerable. By the next day she was back to normal. So far, we have not seen a recurrence of this behavior in any of our sheep. But we remain ever vigilant.

Al and Pat Hays, Hickory Hill Farm
447 Whitacre Road, Gore, VA 22637-2144
lambs4me@hickoryhillfarmsheep.com (Pat)
alhays@hickoryhillfarmsheep.com (Al)
(540) 888-4348