According to the Carroll County Times, 24 lambs were disqualified at this week's Carroll County Fair in Westminster, Maryland. Their tails were too short.
The Maryland 4-H Program requires that lamb tails be at least 0.7 inches long at the time of show. The 0.7 inch rule was developed based on research that showed that short-docked lambs are more likely to develop rectal prolapses.
A committee of three judges used a state-approved measuring device to determine tail length at the fair. This is the 4th year of a 4-H tail docking policy in Maryland.
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