Perfect summer weather but be on the lookout for heat stress in sheep e.g. an extended neck and increased panting, even when standing still. If a sheep’s body temperature continues to increase, it will eventually collapse. Counter intuitively, a thick fleece is not necessarily a bad thing as it helps regulate body temperature. Conversely, newly shorn sheep can be more susceptible in this hot weather.
Actions to take:
- Avoid driving sheep long distances
- Only move a mob in early morning or late evening
- Minimise other stresses like vaccination etc if they can be delayed
- Provide shade but watch for fly problems
- Ensure a clean and adequate supply of water is available, noting that some small streams have dried-up.
- In early lambing flocks, shear tups but consider housing during the hottest part of the day.
Written by Robert Logan, for further information contact email@example.com
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