- Sam Bryce, 54, has a small flock of sheep on the Norfolk-Suffolk border
- The former police officer said Lynx Africa is brilliant at calming her rowdy rams
As any teenage boy since the 1980s can attest, the secret to a successful night out usually involved the liberal application of Lynx Africa and on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, a shepherdess uses the same magic scent on her rams.
Sam Bryce, 54, who has a hobby flock of around 32 sheep was having problems with a miscreant older ram who reacted badly when she brought a younger boy onto the farm.
Fearing the two animals would engage in a lethal bout of willie-waving she sought help from the Ladies who Lamb Facebook page.
On of the members who faced a similar problem, suggested Sam, who spent more than 20 years as a police officer, should buy a can of Lynx Africa and spray the two rams with the deodorant.
She revealed the unlikely secret this morning on Farming Today on BBC Radio 4.
Speaking to MailOnline, Sam said: ‘Ladies Who Lamb is a great supportive group. It’s not only for great little tips on handling sheep, but it is about mental health. It is very well run and has thousands of followers across the world.
‘Using Lynx certainly sounds like a joke and is quite funny. At this time of year the rams are very charged up.
‘They live together in their own “bachelor pad” and when the time comes, they are introduced to the ladies.
‘I will want each ram to go with certain sheep. When they are brought back together. that’s when the trouble starts.
‘There’s this argy-bargy “I’m better than you” type thing. They are sniffing around each other and it drives them mad.
‘I’ve got a Jacob ram with big horns and a Ryeland cross, who doesn’t. He’s not too bright but he will not give up.
‘This is where the Lynx comes in. If I spray them, they get along fine. But if I have to move one out, because he has to see the vet, then they have to be sprayed again when they are reintroduced, otherwise there would be war.
‘It also works with a mum who has no interest in her lamb. If you spray the lamb, she will take care of it.’
According to Sam, she keeps the rams away from the sheep and only introduces them when needed. However, she is not lambing this season, so, she believes they are annoyed.
‘I sent them out on loan so they could do their thing. Rams only have one job and they enjoy it. They don’t have to think about anything. They came back to me this week and they are in quarantine but they are not happy. They know the girls are out there and can’t get at them. I made sure I had a fresh can of Lynx Africa ready for their return.’
Her farm, which is on the Norfolk-Suffolk border was hit this week by Storm Ciaran. The yard was flooded as were some local roads. All of the ponds and ditches on the small holding are full of water.
She told MailOnline: ‘I was born and bred in Essex in the 1960s. My parents moved us to the Waverley Valley in Norfolk. I went back to Essex in the 1980s and joined the police. Unfortunately I was injured and had to retire.
‘At the time, I had already moved to north Essex, so I then decided to move back home. At this time I facing the possibility was that I could have been on crutches or in a wheelchair, so I surrounded myself with animals. I have horses, wolf dogs, cats. I’m the mad cat lady. I have my sheep and now I have goats.
‘I worked in child protection for most of my career. I also help people who have been victims of crime who have been failed by the police. And people who have had stolen animals.
‘Around 20 years ago the job was starting to change. If I was in it now, there’s no money, no back up and no resources.’
However, there is one thing from her new vocation that could have helped during her police career.
‘In the 1990s we were given pepper spray. It’s absolutely useless. Having seen the effect Lynx Africa has on rowdy rams, maybe the police could use it today on a Friday night!’