Meet the Brit farmer who has counted over 100,000 sheep this year

March 2nd, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 2 (ANI): A Brit farm worker has counted more than 100,000 sheep this year - not in a bid to fall asleep, but to see how many lambs is it carrying.

Andrew McGillivray, from Larbert near Stirling, scans pregnant sheep so he can tell the farmer how many lambs they are expecting, so that he knows how much feed to give each sheep to ensure a healthy birth.

The technique used by McGillivray is similar to the ultrasound used on pregnant women.

He rubs the ultrasound scanner probe underneath the sheep at the top of its leg, and can then see on screen how many lambs are inside the womb.

The animal is then spray-painted with a mark to indicate how many lambs it is carrying.

McGillivray, scans up to 2,500 sheep a day, and has scanned about 110,000 across central Scotland since the beginning of January.

He estimates he has seen around 165,000 lambs on the screen so far this year.

“It is useful for the farmer because it means the feed goes to the right places so you get even-sized lambs for lambing, the Telegraph quoted McGillivray as saying.

“Or if a sheep is expecting triplets and has only had two lambs the farmer might realise something is wrong and have a look,” he added. (ANI)

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