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SHEEP GLOSSARY & SHEEP FACTS
GLOSSARY
FUN FACTS
People started raising sheep over ten thousand years ago.

There are About 1 billion sheep on the planet

There are About 900 different breeds of sheep

Sheep make a bleating sound. A baby lamb can identify its mother by her bleat.

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

One pound of wool can make ten miles of yarn.

There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball.

The small intestines from 11 sheep are needed to make 1 tennis racket.

Sheep prefer running water when they drink

Sheep have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of hearing.

When Woodrow Wilson was President, the First Lady had sheep graze on the White House lawn to keep it neat and well trimmed.

President James Madison wore an inaugural jacket made from the wool of sheep raised on his Virginia farm.

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.

Ewes typically give birth to twins.

Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight.

Sheep only have lower teeth that press against an upper palette

A one-year old sheep is called a hogget

A two-year old sheep is called a two-tooth.

Lamb is the lowest in cholesterol of all red meats.