Newbie question re grooming St. Croix sheep

bluemaranfan

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I've only had sheep a couple of weeks and can't find this info on hair sheep. Do they need to be bathed when they get dirty? We have no rain, so no mud this time of year. They are grazing in a field with a lot of prickly lettuce which stains their faces, and they are getting pretty dusty, too. Should they be brushed and if so, how often?
 

Mike CHS

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Most of ours like to be scratched and brushed. A couple will come up and eat out a bucket that I'm holding but if I put a hand on them they are off like a rocket. I don't bath them unless they have bowel issues and I may hose them off. If ours start to look dirty I put them in a paddock that doesn't have shelter and the rain takes care of the dirt.
 
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