March Facts

SHEEP

At Broken Spoke we have several sheep and they are not sheepish!

Below you will find both worldly facts on sheep (source: Modern Farmer)  and some conversational items about sheep at our farm.

One pound of wool can make up to 10 miles of yarn. A sheep, depending on the breed, can produce between two and 30 pounds of wool a year, so do the math.
Sheep have rectangular pupils that give them amazing peripheral vision—it’s estimated their field of vision is between 270 and 320 degrees; humans average about 155 degrees—and depth perception. These are great assets when you’re a prey animal. It’s like surround sound for the eyes.
While there are instances of homosexuality in nearly all animal species, sheep are the only animals besides humans that show a same-sex preference for life. In flocks of domestic sheep, up to eight percent of the males prefer other males even when fertile females are around. In many other animal species males will pair up with males and females with females under certain circumstances, but with sheep it’s a life-long propensity.
It's called a philtrum. Sheep are very selective grazers, preferring leaves and blades over stems, and their philtrum helps them get close to the ground, them an advantage over other ruminants who can’t go as low.
Sheep that are heavily pregnant, overweight, or have a heavy fleece have a very hard time righting themselves if they’ve somehow fallen onto their backs. There’s even a term for the situation. They’re called cast sheep. So if you see one in this position they’re probably stressed and freaking out so find a farmer and help roll ‘em back over.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison all raised sheep. In fact, Madison was sworn in wearing a coat spun from his sheep’s wool. Woodrow Wilson kept a flock at the White House during World War I to keep the grass trimmed as a cost-cutting measure and to show support for the war effort.
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