Welfare issues for sheep the main welfare issues affecting sheep are from mutilations lameness transport and illness caused by disease the health problems of sheep are largely treatable or avoidable with good grazing breeding and stockmanship mutilations lambs are routinely subjected to painful mutilations. You and any staff working with animals must read understand and have access to the specific welfare codes of recommendations for sheep and goats. Animal care welfare farmers and ranchers who raise sheep in the united states take great pride in the care they provide for their animals and do not condone or defend mistreatment or abuse of sheep either intentionally or unintentionally. The welfare of the sheep has received less attention than the welfare of intensively husbanded animals however domestic sheep may be kept under conditions that are very different from the environment in which wild sheep live with adverse effects on their behaviour and welfare. The act animal welfare advisory committee awac has reviewed the australian animal welfare standards and guidelines for sheep and provided advice to the minister regarding the manner in which they believe the standards and guidelines should be implemented
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