we have now the first time that a sheep died. We try to find a way to dispose of it. We were told to dig a hole but the ground is not the way that this is easy. Are there not any services in Kapiti that can help with disposing of a dead sheep?
Probably not much help on a public holiday but some Councils have areas which they can bury dead stuff and cover it up quickly- for a fee!
Also do you know any farms with a bigger area you could dig a hole in?
If you have a suitable location (no access by dogs!), you might be able to compost the dead sheep:
terralsb wrote: [SNIP] We were told to dig a hole but the ground is not the way that this is easy. [SNIP]
If you decide on composting add some lime on top as it will speed up the process and help eliminate smell. We once had a dead cow and no-one to help with disposal (yes, holidays again) so dug a shallow hole and using rubbish etc we burnt it. Not such a good way to go but faster than compost and there were no neighbours nearby
Dare I say it but in current conditions, its going to decompose rather quickly so even for ''anyone'' picking it up, its joints will give way and be a totally unpleasant job. If it was mine and in an out of the way area, I would leave it or cover it with grass clippings or soil if the sight is offensive.
If it is in an obvious spot and causing distress I'm afraid you are going to have to start digging nearby with the aim of rolling the body into some sort of grave, however shallow.
Unfortunately where there is life, there is death. Sorry if its your first one, its not an easy or pleasant task. x
One of my dear old girls died on Christmas Eve a few years ago when the ground looked like concrete, but I was surprised once I started digging how the soil softened once I got down a bit. You may have additional problems like rocks, roots, etc, but most of the country has had reasonably recent rain and the job may be easier than you think.
Phone around the neighbours to see if anyone has a tractor with a front digging bucket. His efforts will cost about $80 per hour, so about $30.
Iwould dig a hole by taking water down to beside the sheep and pour it onto the ground to soften it. You might need 40 litres.
I'm digging post holes at the moment, and the ground is very good for that. The topsoil is dry, but about 30 cm down it starts to get damp.
Perhaps ask a neighbours teenager if they wish to earn $30.