Sheep drop dead from the heat

by Howard Apple­gate

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by: Char­risS (flickr), license: cc-by

With tem­per­a­tures over the 100 degree mark in Cen­tral Ore­gon, a few local farm­ers are report­ing sheep deaths caused by the heat. Teacher and sheep farmer, Ed Plum, found four of his young sheep dead in the field. One was his daugh­ter Chrissy’s 4H lamb she had planned to show in the fair this year.

The deaths should serve as a warn­ing to all of the dan­gers of Moth­er Nature. Make sure your live­stock have plen­ty and water and shel­ter from the sun.

But don’t think that live­stock safe­ty is all there is to it. Ger­main­ers also need to drink plen­ty of water on days like these, and stay in an cool place if you can. Old­er peo­ple are espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble, and if you have a grand­par­ent or elder­ly rel­a­tive or neigh­bor, be sure to check in on them.

Arratola’s Gen­er­al Store is giv­ing out free lemon­ade this week. “Don’t walk a mile to get it,” said John Arra­to­la, “but if you’re in the neigh­bor­hood, stop by and cool off. We got a real good deal on lamb cut­lets this week.”

About Howard Applegate

Editor-in-chief at The Germaine Truth.

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