07 Jul Week Two – Sheep
Sheep are one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans, their primarily purpose is to be raised for meat, milk and wool and are housed in both indoor or outdoor systems.
Millions of sheep are housed permanently inside and will have no access to outdoor space during their life time. In outdoor systems sheep can suffer from poor welfare conditions, and spend their entire life being controlled by humans.
Reports suggest that over 15% of lambs will die from cold, disease or starvation within a few days of being born and thousands of sheep will suffer serious illnesses due to neglect from the farmers. Common illnesses and infections include foot rot, scald, lameness, worms, ticks and fly strike.