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Sheep. By: Elizabeth Gunn. Types. There are many types of sheep. A few of those are Rambouillet, Dorset, Suffolk, Chevlot, Hampshire, Lincoln, and Targhee. . Most sheep originated in Europe. . The largest sheep is the wild sheep, Argali. .

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Sheep

By: Elizabeth Gunn


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Types


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  • There are many types of sheep. A few of those are Rambouillet, Dorset, Suffolk, Chevlot, Hampshire, Lincoln, and Targhee.

  • Most sheep originated in Europe.

  • The largest sheep is the wild sheep, Argali.

  • The medium-wooled sheep are grown mainly for their meat. These breeds include

    the Hampshire, Shropshire, Southdown, and the Suffolk.

  • The coarse-wooled sheep include the Scottish Blackface or

  • Blackface Highland in the United States.

  • The long-wooled sheep which include the Lincoln, Leicester,

  • Coswold and Romney.

In the United States, the popular breeds are : Rambouillet, Columbia, Suffolk,

and Hampshire.

Scotch Mules

Merino ram

Highland


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Food


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  • In Scotland, almost every part of the sheep is used for food. They use the neck for soup. In haggis the stomach, windpipe, lungs, heart and liver are used.

  • In Slovakia they use the milk from sheep to make cheese.

  • For meat there is either mutton, a full grown sheep, or lamb.


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Wool


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  • Wool has been used for clothing and other fabrics for over twelve thousand years.

  • Wool can be stretched 30% or crumpled tightly, and will recover its natural shape rapidly.

  • It is often said that a single wool fiber is stronger than steel of the same diameter.

  • Wool is good for blankets and the inside of jackets.

  • One pound of wool can make ten miles of yarn.

  • Spinning wool into thread began about 5,000 years ago.

  • The wool from coarse-wooled sheep is used to make tweeds, carpets and mattresses .

  • The Navajo breed produces wool for rugs and blankets.


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America


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  • President Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House lawn. The wool from the

  • sheep was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I. The flock included

  • "Old Ike," a tobacco chewing ram. The First Lady enjoined the sheep because it kept the

  • lawn neat and well trimmed.

  • Most of our clothes are made out of sheep wool.


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World


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  • In different parts of the world, there is the mutton busting contest at rodeos for kids 5-7.

  • In some countries, sheep are used for fighting. They are trained to fight from a young

  • age. They are chosen for their size. They start fighting when they are three years old,

  • And their career lasts for about four years. Sheep fighting is usually part of a

  • celebratory Festival. In some countries, tournaments are organized, and the victorious

  • rams are exhibited in the main roads of towns.

  • Australian grazers, too, do not receive the financial support that governments

  • in other countries provide to sheep breeders.


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Interesting Facts


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  • Sheep have a four-chambered stomach, which plays a vital role in digesting, regurgitating, and re-digesting food.

  • Domestic sheep were one of the first animal species domesticated by

    humans and have had an important role in human life for thousands of years.

  • Ewes typically give birth to twins.

  • Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight.

  • If you see a sheep on its back, lend a hand! A sheep can’t get up from that position.

  • If left on its back too long, it will eventually die.

  • Sheep prefer running water when they drink


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