Hundreds of runaway sheep escape from Ballarat Saleyards

The sheep loose at the Pleasant Street soccer reserve this morning. Photo: Ben Taylor.

The sheep loose at the Pleasant Street soccer reserve this morning. Photo: Ben Taylor.

About 600 sheep managed to escape from the Ballarat Stockyards this morning, causing headaches for drivers around La Trobe and Pleasant streets. 

Police say the sheep managed to push through a gate at the stockyards at 6am, heading east towards Trekardo Park in Redan.  

Police were called to assist stockyard staff in controlling traffic as well as rounding up the sheep. 

It took more than an hour for all the sheep to be herded.

The sheep have all been accounted for and none were injured.

Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.