Many back injuries occur when sheep are being handled, especially when lifting sheep over a fence. This is often done to save time, rather than dragging the sheep to a gate, especially if the pen is full. This method will 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.
1. For a small sheep, lift it up backwards, and hold it by the neck and a front leg (Picture 1).
2. Then grab both front legs, lean back to lift the sheep a bit higher, while at the same time using your knee to give it a push up and over the fence. Your knee acts as a fulcrum for leverage to help reduce the weight. (Picture 2)
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