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Sheep Fun Facts!

10/02/2019 @ 11:20 am

Sheep Fun Facts!

 

  • There are more than one billion sheep in the world.
  • Adult sheep average between 150 and 200 pounds.
  • Sheep protect the environment. They graze on lands, eating clover, alfalfa, grasses, and brush. This reduces the risk of brush fires.
  • Sheep have four sections in their stomachs. This allows them to digest plants and grasses that humans and most animals cannot.
  • Rambouillet, Columbia, Suffolk, and Hampshire are all breeds of sheep.
  • Sheep have poor eyesight but have an excellent sense of smell and hearing.
  • Sheep have their wool clipped off each spring and new wool immediately begins to grow in its place. By winter, sheep will have a new coat to keep them warm.
  • Different types of sheep grow different types of wool.
  • A single sheet of wool is called a fleece.
  • Wool is durable, or long-lasting.
  • Wool is renewable resource.
  • A female sheep is called ewe.
  • Ewes are pregnant for 145 days.
  • Ewe will have one or two baby lambs at a time.
  • Lamb meat, called mutton, provides vitamins, proteins, and minerals and helps build strong bones.
  • A male sheep is called a ram.
  • A group of sheep is called a flock.

 

*From the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom SM Calendar for Teachers