I seem to remember someone telling me ages ago that you mustn't go near sheep when you're in early pregnancy. Does anyone know if this is true? What does it mean exactly, I wanted to go to the local Farmers show tomorrow, does it mean stay out of the sheep tent - or does it mean I can't go at all? Thanks everyone.
Around today sunday, actually, it is when ewes are lambing that pregnant women should NOT go near them as they could get Enzootic Abortion or Toxoplasmosis, but you can also get the latter from cats. You can go near sheep, just not when they are lambing, I was pregnant both times when our ewes were lambing, which was not handy at all!! At this time of the year sheep are fine.
Paula1 - heard this too, about Sheep and pregnancy and it applies to Goats as well. FI I was watching Countryfile today(educational - Moo, hosseys, peegs etc) and there will not be any sheep at the County Shows this year as Foot and Mouth was only declared clear a few weeks ago. A mind full of information me ..
There are no sheep this year at English Shows, as sheep can carry the F&M Virus and show no signs at all, and if they come into contact with cattle the consequences are horrendous, as cattle show it up within 24-48 hours. Glad you enjoyed the show.
reviving this friend as a friend is pregnant and has a pet lamb but knows b#gger all about farming.She did not seem to be aware of any dangers and I did not want to say anything without checking my facts. Should she not stroke this lamb (which is about two weeks old)or its mother? . She is about halfway through her pregnancy.
What exactly are the risks?
Jasper, the "potential" risk is now past. Is this the only ewe and lamb she has?, does she work with sheep all the time?. I worked with the sheep when having my son who is now 6, but, was told that as I have been working with them most of my life I'm now nearly 33 I probably have built up an immunity to any potential dangers. I did not, however, take any risks, and wore my latex gloves when working with the ewes and DH fed any lambs that we born and in need of colostrum, as it is the cleansing from the ewe that carries the danger.
Cats are actually more of a risk than anything, they can carry toxoplasmosis, and in sheep it is Toxoplasmosis and Enzootic Abortion, that are the risks with them.
Hi all help please. My partner and myself are farmers and our ewe's will be lambing within the next 2 weeks. I'm 10 weeks pregnant and have no option other than than to help as much as possible as we have no staff and alot of sheep. I know I can't physically help lamb any of the ewe's or touch the new born lambs but surely I can assist in the rest of the shed ie topping up feeders and water etc. Any advice from any other farmers out there please