ASCI 223 - Lab 3 - Sheep Handling

ASCI 223 - Lab 3 - Sheep Handling - Sheep Handling Sheep...

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Sheep Handling Sheep need to be handled for various reasons. These include shearing, tagging, administration of injections, administration of drenches and boluses, trimming feet, pregnancy diagnosis, loading and unloading from vehicles, assistance at lambing, and more. If it will be necessary to restrain a sheep for any purpose, the first step is being able to catch them. To reduce stress on the sheep and the person, the sheep to be caught should be confined to the smallest possible space. It is best to utilize corners as they cut down the possible escape routes of the sheep. It is also easier to catch one sheep if it is in a group with other sheep, as the non-target sheep act as “blockers” keeping the target sheep from being able to escape. Slow, patient approaches should be used to get as close as possible before actually trying to grab the animal. Control of the animal will best be maintained by securing the head with both hands. Therefore, when catching a sheep, you should attempt to grab the head by getting one hand under the lower jaw and then placing the free hand on the back of the head. You might find it helpful to grasp the wool on the jaw to better maintain control. If the sheep can lower its head down near the ground, it has a lot more leverage over the human, therefore, the catcher should always try to keep the head up above the level of the shoulder in order to maintain control. It might require some pressure on the hinge of the jaw to cause the sheep to bring its head up to a proper height. In the event that you can’t reach the head for a catch, the next best alternative is to
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