A woman in her 70s has been flown to hospital after being knocked over by sheep.

St John were alerted to the incident at a private property in Birchwood Wairio Rd, near Ohai, Southland, at 2.14pm.

Paramedics were told the woman was knocked over by farm animals.

A St John spokesman confirmed the animals were sheep.

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She was flown to Southland Hospital by the rescue helicopter with moderate injuries.