Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Management: Fencing and Hedges


  1. Fences and hedges should be well-maintained so as to avoid injury to sheep and prevent entanglement. Where any type of mesh fencing is used, particularly for horned sheep, and around lambing fields, it should be checked frequently so that any animals which are caught can be released.
  2. Electric fences should be designed, installed, used and maintained so that contact with them does not cause more than momentary discomfort to the sheep. Electric mesh fencing should not be used for horned sheep.
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