Identifying Sick Sheep Information

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Identifying Sick Sheep and Sheep Terminology:

Identifying Sick Sheep.
Identifying Sick Sheep.

Introduction:- To be successful in sheep farming, one should be aware of sheep diseases and symptoms. Identifying sick sheep is very important to reduce the mortality. Timely identifying sick sheep and isolating them from healthy sheep will reduce the risk of other sheep getting similar kind of diseases. Once sick sheep are found, contact your local veterinary doctor for cure and suggestions. The following explains how to identify a sick animal in sheep farming:

Identifying sick sheep in the farm:

S.No. Parameter Healthy Sheep Sick Sheep
1. Look of Sheep Alert Dull / Weak
2. Head of  Sheep Raised Bent downwards
3. Eyes of  Sheep Wide open, bright Dull with white deposition at the corners
4. Conjunctival m.m. Normal Pale or congested
5. Nose of Sheep No discharge Slimy discharge
6. Movement of Sheep Active Sluggish, lameness
7. Response of Sheep Quick Slow
8. Feces of Sheep Normal Hard / loose, mucus/blood-stained, discolouration, dysentry
9. Pulse (/min) of Sheep 70-90  


10. Body temperature (oF) 102 Increased
11. Respiration (/min) of Sheep 12-30 Increased, difficult
12. Grazing Habit Normal Abnormal
13. Rumination of Sheep Regular Irregular
14. Feed and water intake of Sheep Normal Reduced
15. Udder Condition Normal Swollen
16. Skin Condition Healthy Infected, external parasites.

Most of the beginners who wants to start sheep farming should know about sheep terminology being used in sheep farming in order to understand the sheep world. Here is the list of common sheep terms.

The following details about common sheep terminology used in sheep:

S.No. Specifics Common Term used
1 Adult male   Ram / Tup
2 Adult female Ewe
3 New born Lamb
4 Young male Ram lamb / Tup lamb
5 Young female Ewe lamb / Gimmer lamb
6 Castrated male Wether / Wedder
7 Castrated female Spayed
8 Yearlings Hogget
9 Female with offspring Suckling
10 Act of parturition Lambing
11 Act of mating Tupping
12 Pregnancy Pregnancy
13 Sound produced Bleating
14 Meat Mutton
15 Species called as Ovine
16 Group Flock / Herd / Mob.

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