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I took this portrait of my father-in-law after a day of lamb marking on the farm.

For those of you unsure of what Lamb Marking is, here’s a little insight…..

The purpose of lamb marking is to identify, castrate and dock the tails of lambs. The lambs are restrained in a cradle and Ear Marked. In NSW it is compulsory to put the owner’s registered mark in the ear using specially designed ear-marking pliers. They are then Ear tagged in the center of the ear or slightly towards the end.
To castrate the sheep a rubber ring is placed over the scrotum just above the testicles. The ring blocks blood circulation, causing the scrotum and testicles to eventually wither and fall off. To remove their tails a gas-heated de-tailer is used. The heat cauterises the blood vessels, which virtually eliminates bleeding. Sometimes not all blood vessels are cauterised, hence the blood splatter. But the alternative is to cut the tails off with a knife which leaves the sheep to bleed.
And amongst all of that they are also given their vaccination (which is what I did to over 460 lambs).

And yes, I know this may be controversial…


  • Dante21
    Dante21over 5 years ago

    !!! Terrible work !

  • Rodney Trenchard
    Rodney Trenchardover 5 years ago

    great work naomi would you please consider adding it to “dragan masters”

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.over 5 years ago

    He looks like a hardworking, handsome man, Naomi. Great shot.

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyover 5 years ago

    Wow,, confronting and quite brilliant,, thank you for sharing.

  • Rodney Trenchard
    Rodney Trenchardover 5 years ago

    a great image thanks so much for entering it in our group we are all so happy to a photographer of your high standard in our group

  • botticcelli
    botticcelliover 5 years ago

    awesome portrait

  • sorina
    sorinaover 5 years ago

    wow, confronting for sure, but love the image!

  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauover 5 years ago

    Outstanding portrait shot!

  • James Nielsen
    James Nielsenover 5 years ago

    That’s a brilliant portrait. I’ve done this work before Naomi, and it’s a tough, crappy job. I did it in my summer’s holidays for bad pay when i was at school. I think I must have looked something similar when I was done.

  • simonesphotos
    simonesphotosover 5 years ago

    Great portrait Naomi, glad I’m not a lamb!!

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