- China has the largest number of sheep in the world.
- There are almost 1 billion sheep in the world.
- Sheep are the animals most often mentioned in the King James Bible with 200 references.
- In 1996, a sheep called “Dolly” was the first mammal ever to be cloned from a somatic cell.
- Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves
without having to turn their head.
- When giving birth, most Ewes give birth to twins.
- The sheep industry began in central Asia over 10,000 years ago!
- In Scotland, theft of a sheep is still an hangable offence!
- To make one tennis racket, the small intestines of eleven sheep are needed.
- If a sheep were to be put on it’s back, it would be unable to get back upright!
- Lamb has the lowest cholesterol of all the red meats.
- Studies have shown that around 8% of all male sheep are attracted to the same gender.
- The digestive system of sheep features four chambers which help break down what they eat.
- Sheep’s milk is often used to make cheese. Some of the more popular cheeses made from their
milk are Feta, Pecorino, and Manchego.
- During the first world war, President Woodrow Wilson had a flock of sheep that he used to
trim the lawns at the White House!
- The act of breeding sheep is known as Tupping.
- The Golden Shears World Championship for sheep shearing in 2014 was won by
Rowland-Smith of New Zealand.
- The UK produces 298,000 tonnes of sheep meat a year, of which 64% is consumed domestically
and 36% is exported around the world.
So, these are some facts about sheep.