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Gemma417

  • Joined Feb 2017
Cold Stress recently sheared.
« on: June 12, 2019, 09:32:47 am »
I have a small flock of sheep. I sheared 2 of them a week ago but for the past few days weve had persistant rain with colder temperatures than recent. Both were shivering yesterday morning so i've put them in the shed. One of them is very fat so im surprised she's been affected by the cold.
 I've been giving them feed morning and night and some hay as i've read thats a good food to help them warm up.
Can anyone advice me what i can do to help them warm up?
Thank you.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Cold Stress recently sheared.
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2019, 05:00:54 pm »
In Shetland I have seen older ewes dressed in chuck-out wooly jumpers.  The head goes through the head hole, the front legs through the sleeves.  Being wool, even if wet they would be warm.
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Cold Stress recently sheared.
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2019, 05:50:25 pm »
Feeling for you - maybe try to get them blade sheared another time?  It leaves a covering, whereas machine shearing scalps them! 
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bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Cold Stress recently sheared.
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2019, 07:40:15 pm »
I think your doing the right thing, its just bad luck. If they'd been sheared a couple of weeks ago and had time to get used to conditions it wouldn't be so bad. I'd bring them in overnight, or when the weather is cold and wet :(

 

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