Yes, sheep have a tendency to suddenly drop dead for no apparent reason, and if you were to post mortem each one we would be occupied for a lifetime. However there are occasions when post mortems can be extremely useful. For example, an outbreak of suspected enzootic pueumonia, lambs not growing to their full potential, ewes with loss of condition, thin anaemic animals with possible fluke. In situations such as these sacrificing one of the poor-doers can be of huge value to getting to the bottom of the problem quickly.
We will happily carry out post mortems if they will be beneficial. This can be done on farm, at the surgery or at the local fallen stock centre depending on the size of the animal. Alternatively we can refer the post mortem to the APHA laboratory at Starcross for which there is currently a free collection service.