Leaving their tails behind them

LITTLE BO Peep’s sheep famously came home bringing their tails behind them but very few Australian sheep keep their tails beyond lamb marking. Is there a place for sheep tails to be left on in real life, or is it only the stuff of nursery rhymes?

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The Dorper Sheep Society of Australia would like to see all Dorpers keep their tails and not be docked. Photo: Bellevue Dorpers

Tail docking is a normal lamb marking activity - so normal, it's rarely questioned.