When sheep are transported in trucks they are packed in tightly to stop them from falling over. Although this does help to stabilize them it is common for trucks to contain downed sheep who are unable to get up and who are being trampled by others. A common sight on busy freeways is for a transport truck to be seen with the head or limbs of sheep protruding from the side of the truck. It is illegal to drive with any part of a sheep protruding from a truck. It is very difficult, however, for a driver to stop and rectify the situation during the journey. This law is in place more for appearance than for practicality. Although it is recommended not to transport pregnant ewes, it is not uncommon for lambs to be born on trucks.Sheep are transported in all weather, exposing them to the extremes of conditions experienced in Australia.
Accidents involving sheep on trucks is becoming increasingly common, often resulting in horrific injuries and deaths. In January 2018 we documented one such accident: