This is something many of you will not know about, so its nice to be able to pass it on.
If you ever see a sheep on its back with its legs in the air, you could save its life by turning it back upright! Sheep on their backs are unable to “right” themselves.

A sheep with a heavy, possibly wet, fleece, or that is heavily pregnant or fat (resulting in a broad, flat back) is most at risk of becoming stuck if it rolls over. … A sheep stuck on its back is vulnerable for a variety of reasons: not only is it easy prey for crows or badgers, but its own biology is against it.

So all you need to do is approach the ewe quietly and get your hands underneath and push her upright, it’s easy, nothing to be scared of, and even though she may stagger about for a while she will be perfectly ok.

This happened today, I saw it, took a couple of pictures to show you what I mean,.


Doug Chalk

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