450 sheep jump to their deaths in Turkey
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported.
In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher and the fall more cushioned, Aksam reported.
"There’s nothing we can do. They’re all wasted," Nevzat Bayhan, a member of one of 26 families whose sheep were grazing together in the herd, was quoted as saying by Aksam.
The estimated loss to families in the town of Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, tops $100,000, a significant amount of money in a country where average GDP per head is around $2,700.
"Every family had an average of 20 sheep," Aksam quoted another villager, Abdullah Hazar as saying. "But now only a few families have sheep left. It’s going to be hard for us."
GOD’S ANTIDOTE TO DAMGED EMOTIONS
Stressbushters – Part 3
Psalm 42 David prays, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul. Hope thou in God." Why is my soul cast down? Do
you have a cast down soul? David is using a term every shepherd would understand when he talks about being
cast down. It is a position sheep get themselves in and they can’t get out of. Sheep are built in such a way, that if
they fall over on their side and then on over on their back with their legs sticking straight up in the air, they cannot
get out of that position themselves. They are helpless to get back up on their feet again. Tha position is called a
cast down sheep. It’s frightening when a sheep falls down on its side and then its back. It kicks and flails in the
air. It bleats, cries out. It knows it is open to attack. Any animal could come and attack it and it is helpless. It’s a
very serious condition. When sheep lay on their back, gas begins to collect in their stomach. It hardens the
stomach, cuts off the air passage and they suffocate in a matter of hours. Not only that, their legs go numb in that
position. On a hot day a sheep in a cast down position can die in just a matter of hours. They can’t do anything
about it. They need a shepherd who restores their soul.
When a shepherd restores a cast down sheep, it doesn’t just happen immediately. It takes time to restore a cast
down sheep. First a shepherd will come to the sheep laying on its back with its legs sticking straight up in the air.
The first thing the shepherd does is lovingly massage the four legs to get some circulation back up in the four legs.
Then he begins to talk in a reassuring tone to the sheep, "You’re going to make it." Then he gently turns the sheep
over, puts his hand under the sheep’s belly and lifts it up because it cannot stand up on its own because of its
wobbly feet. He will lift up the sheep and hold it there while the sheep begins to get some equilibrium. The blood
begins to flow in the legs again and it begins to get some stability. When the shepherd realizes and can feel that
the sheep can stand on its own feet that it’s got it’s equilibrium back, then that shepherd will lovingly and gently let
the sheep go.
What a picture of what God wants to do for you! When you’re on your back and flailing around and the grief,
guilt, or grudges are overwhelming you and you think you’re going to die in that position, the Lord is your
Shepherd. He lovingly comes with reassuring words and tender hands, picks up His little lamb, sets him up
straight until he can get on his own feet again and carries it until it’s got that stability back. Jesus Christ wants to
restore your soul. If you’ve been cast down for any reason, He’s the only one who can help you get back up on your
feet again. When He restores your soul, He restores your confidence and your joy and peace and strength. We can
restore a lot of things — cars, paintings, sound recordings, buildings — but only God can restore a soul.
sheep are followers, they follow each other even into danger. They
wear thin tracks around a paddock (or field) as they even follow each
other in a line.
They are animals of flight, not fight. They run when in danger. When
one runs they all run.
Sheep mostly live in climates that have a warm/hot summer and cold
Sheep get their wool shorn off at the end of winter, as this way they
have a warm coat for winter then they are cooler for the summer. They
are only shorn once or twice a year so the farmer gets a decent
amount of wool to sell.
I have seen sheep get stuck in mud near the damn. The sheep struggle
and struggle to get out, but they cant move until the farmer comes to
help them. When the farmer comes to help they don’t move because they
are too scared of the farmer. Once they are out then they run away.
Sheep have creamy coloured wool that is soft and has a beautiful
smell of lanoline (I like it anyway, it reminds me of being on my
grandparent’s farm as a child). It has a lot of oil in it.
Sheep have lambs in the spring time. They usually have one lamb and
the lamb sticks by it’s mum’s side no matter what. sometimes the lamb
gets rejected by the mum and the farmer has to take care of it, but
not too often.
Often the foxes come and attack them, and also some birds like crows,
come and kill the sheep for food.
When lambs are young, their tails get cut off. If they dont the flies
hang around them and they get flyblown, then they get sick. So the
farmers cut them off.
Some sheep when they are young, get ‘desexed’ so they are no longer
male or female. These are the best sheep as they can be maintained
easily for farmers.
Jesus is the shepherd and we are the sheep.
The shepherd cares for his sheep just as Jesus cares for his flock (those who follow him.
Sheep are amimals that wander around as they feed in the paddocks. In the days of old they would have wandered off from the shepherd. In the same way we are like sheep who easily go astray and need a shepherd (Jesus) to bring us back to the fold.
When one sheep gets frightened and runs all the rest follow.
Sheep in Australia are in flocks in the paddocks. The female sheep (ewes) have 1 lamb each year (some have twins). They have the wool shorn off them each year and the wool is sold by the farmer. They eat the grass in the paddocks in the winter and in the summer, if there isnt enough food, the farmer has to put hay or oats out for them to eat.
My father has a few hundred sheep on the farm. There are different breeds of sheep so some look different to others and some produce better wool than others.