Many back injuries occur when handling sheep, especially when lifting a sheep over a fence.
This is often done to save time, rather than pushing the sheep to a gate when the pen is full. Or you may be in a paddock where there is no gate to drag the sheep to to put into the next paddock. Use these advice to minimise the risk of injury:
- Never try to lift a heavy sheep over a fence on your own. Get someone to lift the hind legs while you lift it’s front end.
- For a small sheep, lift it up backwards by holding it around the neck and by a front leg.
- Then grab both front legs, lean back to raise the sheep's back legs off the ground, and at the same time, use your knee to give it a heave up and over the fence.
- Your knee acts as a fulcrum to get some leverage and help reduce the weight of the lift.