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Claire B

  • Joined Apr 2019
Grass growing on sheep
« on: January 03, 2023, 11:25:29 am »
We breed Welsh Black Mountain sheep. Over the past few days we have noticed a few of our ewes have grass growing on their backs. Has anyone seen this before? Is it harmful to the sheep?


  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Grass growing on sheep
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2023, 11:43:55 am »
We've had it in the past with our Ryelands. In fact, one grew wheat one year, because she was always hanging about while I was giving the hens corn. None ofteh sheep seems to suffer, or indeed be at all bothered.
Not sure what impact it would have on fleece quality though.


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Grass growing on sheep
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2023, 01:06:48 pm »
A crowded hay heck, or one which is placed too high, can lead to this, where sheep sprinkle hay including seeds on each other's backs.  Add in endless rain, some heat above 7 degrees C and the hay seeds germinate. Another result of moisture plus warmth is a pink algae - one of my very fine-fleeced ewes turned pink sometimes and of course it wrecked her fleece for selling.
If left then you will get rotting of the fleece and potentially flies etc attracted to the rot. Best to clear/shear it off.

All you can do to prevent this is to alter your feeding system to try to prevent sheep sprinkling hay on each other, or move somewhere dry  :D
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Claire B

  • Joined Apr 2019
Re: Grass growing on sheep
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2023, 01:38:16 pm »
Thank you both for this useful information; it is a great relief to know that this strange phenomenon won't cause the sheep any harm! Moving somewhere dry sounds tempting though... :raining:


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