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Sheep 101

Posted by 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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