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Sheep and bull go head to head in gentlest farm face-off of all time

September 24, 2013 | By Abraham | 22 comments

A ram tries to teach a young bull how to head-butt…

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22 Comments

  1. farmgirl says:

    Umm… actually, it could be a young steer, but it’s definitely a male. See that thing hanging down in the middle of his belly? Yeah. that’s where he pees. Female bovines pee out the back. Dead give-away in the bovine world. Young bulls don’t always have a heavy neck and massive shoulders – they start out looking pretty much like any other bovine until they hit puberty. Then testosterone starts to kick in, and they bulk up. Hope Ferdinand here learns the joys of head-butting!

  2. darreth says:

    I’m wondering if these two didn’t grow UP together and the sheep is maybe a little OLDER and used to BULLY the steer! (Notice the sheep several times waits for the steer to turn then tries to CHARGE) he may have done that a few times when the steer was YOUNGER and the steer FINALLY learned that if he just FACED the sheep it would HURT LESS! I’m betting the SHEEP knocked itself out at least ONCE… that’s why we’re so “NICE” now!!! *GRIN*

    1. Annie Stratton says:

      Looks like play behavior to me. Young ram (or wether, hard to tell through all that fleece), young bull (don’t think it has been castrated, at least not yet). They probably did grow up together. I don’t know why people think they don’t play. Of course they play, they are friends, and there they are together. Who else are they going to play with? BTW, they are also nuzzling out of affection. Yes, they do that (they’ll do that with people they are familiar with, too). We don’t often get to see it, because so often we only see animals in unnatural settings. “Bullock” refers to young bull, castrated or not. At least where I grew up.

    1. Bill says:

      I have watched this cute film four times trying to spot someone, anyone, waving from the trees and have not yet done so. Roughly at what point did you spot them and where were they in terms of position on the screen?

  3. Ken says:

    That is just too cool. What a patient Ram, and mellow Bull.

    Doesn’t look like either one learned what it was all about though. :-)

  4. Victoria says:

    I had a goat when I was younger and she loved to play with me like this! They do look like friends, but I’m sure the sheep is saying, “You might be bigger, but I can still take you.”

  5. Alex says:

    Ah you think bulls are your ally? You merely adopted the bulls. I was born in them, molded by them. I didn’t see the rams until I was already a bullram, by then it was nothing to me but a fly landing on my head!

  6. Lori says:

    Seems pretty clear to me that, at least for now, the bull really doesn’t understand the game yet; i.e. that he is supposed to Push Back! And that is what the ram is trying to “teach” him how to do. Towards the end you can just see the bull kind of starting to figure it out, to at least stand his ground, but he’s still not pushing back hard enough to move the ram back at all.

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