Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hot Flashes in Dairy Sheep -

Hot Flashes
If you happen to be holding a young lamb on your lap after bottle feeding, you may notice that it suddenly feels hot or flushed. Approximately five to ten minutes after feeding a lamb can exhibit an acute dilation of the capillaries which releases a short burst of body heat. This so called “Hot Flash” will usually last around one minute. Do not be alarmed as this is a known physiological phenomenon of sheep. The trigger mechanisms and reasons for this are still poorly understood but there are no known detrimental side effects.

Andy Karras
Karras Farm Inc.