In Oregon off I-5, I saw a field of red blotchy sheep. Were they wounded from shearing? Or was it red paint used by the farmer to mark them?
- MandrakeLv 72 years agoFavourite answer
Sheep are painted for identification. It's especially useful when the sheep of multiple farmers are sharing the same pasture, but there are several reasons for needing easy identification.
- ?Lv 72 years ago
Probably the latter.
- Valleycat1Lv 72 years ago
It could be a fungus. Or possibly some treatment sprayed on them to treat some issue, with it being colored so it is easy to know which sheep had been already sprayed. As already said, unless they hired a really untalented shearer, they were not injured by that.
- megalomaniacLv 72 years ago
Shearing, if done properly, doesn't injure the animal at all (so that would be unlikely). It also seems odd to be marking them with red paint (that would ruin the wool). It could have just been people shooting at them randomly or some other kind of unusual circumstance.