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Lamb Skinnet

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LAMB SKINNET (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Thompson RSCDS Book 14

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place (2s step up 3-4) and dance ½ Fig of 8 up round 2s. 2(1)3
9-16 1s set, cast to 3rd place (3s step up) and dance ½ Fig of 8 up round 3s. 231
17-24 1s lead up to top, (2s and 3s step down 19-20); 1s set and cast to 2nd place (2s step up 23-24)
25-32 2s+1s dance R&L

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Lamb Skinnet refers to the practice of fostering (grafting, or switching), a lamb from one ewe to another in order to save a lamb during the lambing season when one ewe has more lambs than she can successfully care for and another ewe is suitable to accept an orphan.

This involves removing a large proportion of the skin from a dead lamb and temporarily attaching it to the orphan lamb. The mother of the dead lamb will then more readily accept the orphan as her own.

Lamb Skinnet
A Cheviot Ewe With Her Lamb - Stornoway, Scotland

Image copyright Cheviot_ewe_with_lamb.jpg: Donald MacLeod from Stornoway, Scotland derivative work: Coycan (Cheviot_ewe_with_lamb.jpg) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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