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?

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  • 2 years ago
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    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.

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    2 years ago

    Probably the latter.

  • 2 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.

  • 2 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.

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