Basic Sheep Information
General Knowledge & Facts About Sheep
Let’s start out with some general sheep information and answers to common questions about sheep as a species and type of livestock.
On this page we’ve assembled some of our articles which fall into a general knowledge category. These include answers to questions about sheep horns, tails and other physical characteristics.
We’ll also share answers to common questions about what types of food you can (and can’t) feed to sheep as treats, why sheep look the way they do, and information about the history of sheep as a species and how they came to be used on farms around the world.
Sheep as a Species
Ovis aries, or sheep, are a ruminant mammal and there are currently just over a billion domesticated sheep kept as pets and livestock around the world. Most people believe that the modern domesticated sheep breeds are descended from the Mouflon.
Today, farmers raise sheep for wool, meat, their pelts, and even as dairy animals. Breeds like the East Friesian are highly valued as dairy stock.
- Wool is harvested through shearing (which doesn’t hurt – it’s like a haircut to you or me),
- Meat and pelts are harvested by slaughter, or killing the animal, and
- Milk can be harvested by hand, or with mechanical milking machines.
The general term for raising and caring for sheep is sheep husbandry, and this is practiced on farms throughout the world. If people live somewhere, chances are good that there are sheep nearby.
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Don’t stop now, let’s keep learning! Next up, we’ll explore all about starting out with a new sheep farm.