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Sheep 101

Posted by [email protected] on June 8, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Scientific name is Ovis aries.

 

A group of sheep is called a flock.

 

Sheep have 4 stomachs ... rumen, reticulum, omasum, abomasum

 

Sheep are very smart and can recognize and remember faces and people.

 

Pregnancy in a ewe is 5 months.

 

Sheep don't have top front teeth. They only have teeth on the bottom and you can tell how old they are by how many bottom teeth they have.

 

Sheep have good memories! Scientists believe that sheep can memorize the faces of up to 50 different humans and sheep throughout their life time.

Sheep produce fleece or wool, which is then used to make various items like yarn and felt.

Sheep can produce anywhere from 2-30lbs of wool per year!

 

 

 

 

Some basic sheep terms:

Ram - adult male sheep

Ewe - adult female sheep

Lamb - baby sheep, less than a year old

 

Whether - castrated male sheep

 

Ewe lamb - young female sheep kept for breeding, a sheep that hasn't lambed yet

 

Ram lamb - young male sheep

 

Hoggot - meat from lamb 1-2 years

 

Mutton - meat from sheep older than 2 years

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