Gap filler – hot potato issue

Till I get some time to finish off the last bit of a ball of ‘multicolori’ in a K2 tog, YO pattern, I’ll have no fun pics for you, so instead here are some links about the practice of mulesing sheep in Australia, and what is being done to improve things.
A sheep farm
Meat & Livestock Australia
CSIRO looks at mulesing and alternatives
Mulesing pain-relief in a spray
Wonderful quote about bare breech sheep at the end of this one
Sheep bums – up close and personal

Disclaimer: I’ve been an assistant at lamb-marking time, which is when mulesing is performed; it is done as quickly, cleanly and efficiently as possible, the young lambs recover very quickly, and for many years is has been the only viable way to prevent fly-strike. On most Australian sheep properties it is not possible to physically examine every sheep frequently enough to use topical treatments, nor can we eradicate the flies in the environment. Removing the problem area was all that could be done. I think that the genetic studies and selective bare-breech breeding programs will be very valuable, but that is still some way off.
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2 thoughts on “Gap filler – hot potato issue

  1. I saw an news item about mulesing on TV the other day, and the genetic breeding programme thingy!!
    Scientists are very clever though it may take some time. I like the sheep that have fally-offy wool. It grows through a mesh close to their skin and then just peels off!!!!

  2. Having lived in a sheep farm (my hubby worked there) and also having rellies on a sheep farm, I am very aware of the fly problem. It will be great if we can finally have a more humane way to avoid the problems.

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