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2009-07-02 13:45:00

It's not often that one has an opportunity to find humor in the topic of global warming.  However, a peculiar new study pointing to climate change as the explanation behind a shrinking flock of wild sheep on a lonesome island in northern Scotland elicits a grin from even the most trenchant of climate change warriors.For some twenty-five years now, the untamed Soay sheep of Hirta island, part of the remote St. Kilda archipelago, have been an odd source of interest and, more recently,...

2009-05-29 13:29:13

Climate change can have devastating effects on endangered species, but new mathematical models may be able to aid conservation of a population of bighorn sheep. The effects of a changing climate on a population of bighorn sheep can be mathematically predicted, as described in a recent paper recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology members Barry Brook and Lochran Traill. Researchers from Germany, the US, and Mexico studied a population of bighorn sheep introduced to Tiburon island, Mexico, in...

2009-05-29 12:06:39

Scientists say they're studying bighorn sheep on an island off the coast of Mexico to determine the effects of climate change on endangered species. The sheep, brought to Tiburon Island in 1975, are not at risk from disease or predators, said Barry Brook, a researcher with Faculty of 1000, a London-based cooperative of international scientists. Climate change is the only variable threat to the sheep, making them good subjects for a mathematical model aimed at predicting the effects of such...

2009-05-23 11:30:00

Game theory models predicted that young ravens gain the greatest advantage from hunting in a pack. Now the young birds have figured this out for themselves, and form gangs to oust older raven pairs from tasty carcasses. Young ravens have transformed their hunt for carrion into a joint venture. Instead of searching on their own, some young ravens form bands of as many as 30 birds. "This behavior in young ravens has not been documented before, and came as a surprise to us. But the fun was that...

2009-05-05 15:45:00

A Japanese scientist claims that humans may be able to harvest transplant organs from sheep within a decade.Professor Yutaka Hanazono told London's Times Online that he his sheep has been successfully modified to develop a spare pancreas hidden in its underbelly.Although the only viable donor for the spare pancreas would be a diabetic chimpanzee, Professor Hanazono said it represents an opportunity to provide harvestable human organs in sheep and ending the ethical debate over the use of...

2009-04-24 13:40:00

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has outlined a list of 66 breeds of chickens it is trying to save from extinction. These so-called old-fashioned chickens represent a minority, as about 90 percent of all chickens on the market are factory-raised breeds. "When we can identify something in danger, we need to protect it," Barbara Bowman of Sonoma County told the AP. "The old breeds provide really sturdy genetics that we have to guard." Purebred chickens began to decline after World...

2009-04-16 06:28:31

On Wednesday, Iranian scientists announced that they have cloned a goat and plan to conduct future experiments in search of stroke treatments. According to Dr. Mohammed Hossein Nasr e Isfahani, head of the Royan Research Institute, the female goat, name Hana, was born early Wednesday morning in Isfahan, a central Iranian city. "With the birth of Hana, Iran is among five countries in the world cloning a baby goat," Isfahani told the Associated Press. Two and a half years ago Iran cloned a...

2009-02-17 08:23:05

The number of cattle, hogs and sheep on Canadian farms all declined in 2008 and the number of cattle farms also fell, Statistics Canada said Tuesday. Overall, cattle producers reported 13.2 million head as of Jan. 1 this year, down 5.1 percent compared with same period a year earlier. The dairy herd fell 2.5 percent, while the beef herd fell 5.6 percent. The beef herd shows no sign of rebuilding, as the number of cows is down 6.6 percent and the number of replacement heifers is down 9.7...

2009-01-31 16:03:52

An English sheep badger has been deprived of his birthright of grazing his flock in his village for using the sheep to scare his neighbors. Jeremy Awdry, 60, was spared prison Friday by a judge who imposed a 16-week sentence and then suspended it, The Daily Telegraph reported. But the judge imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. for two months and took away Awdry's grazing privileges. Awdry, like others born in the Forest of Dean and known as sheep badgers, had the privilege of grazing...

2009-01-21 07:30:00

DISCUSSES RECENT PROFITABLE BUSINESS ACQUISITION PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC) CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen today provided an overview of the recently acquired profitable subsidiary Inter-Pacific Arts and how it fits into the overall VIASPACE business plans. Dr. Kukkonen commented, "VIASPACE acquired Inter-Pacific Arts in late 2008. Inter-Pacific has a profitable ongoing business manufacturing and selling quality framed art in the...

Latest Domestic sheep Reference Libraries

Mouflon, Ovis aries orientalis
2012-07-31 15:05:48

The mouflon (Ovis aries orientalis) is classified as a subspecies group within the Ovis aries group. The other members of this group are known as urials, or the vignei group. It is thought that the mouflon is the ancestor to all domestic sheep. There are currently five recognized subspecies of the mouflon. This species can be found in the Caucasus, northwestern Iran, and northern areas of Iraq. The only native subspecies of the mouflon is the Cyprus mouflon, with the other four subspecies...

Argali, Ovis ammon
2012-07-31 09:52:06

The argali (Ovis ammon), also known as the mountain sheep, is native to Central Asia. Its range includes Tibet, Altay, and Himalaya. Its range extends from Kazakhstan in the west, east to Shanxi Province in China. It also extends from Altai Mountains in the north, south to the Himalayas. It prefers a habitat in the highlands of these regions, at elevations between 980 and 19,000 feet. Its habitat type varies depending upon location. In areas like Kazakhstan, where it is often hunted, it can...

Bighorn Sheep, Ovis Canadensis
2012-05-10 12:18:52

The bighorn sheep (Ovis Canadensis) can be found in North America. There are three currently accepted subspecies of this sheep. The range of the bighorn sheep depends on these subspecies. The Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep dwell in the cool mountainous areas of the United States and Canada, while the Desert bighorn sheep are native to the hotter desert areas of the southwestern United States. Bighorn sheep prefer habitats located in rocky, grassy slopes, and alpine meadows....

2007-07-16 14:25:09

The Domestic Sheep, Ovis aries, is the most common species of the sheep genus (Ovis). It is a woolly ruminant quadruped which most likely descends from the wild mouflon of South Asia. Sheep breeders refer to female sheep as ewes, intact males as rams, and castrated males as wethers. Yearlings are called hoggets and young sheep are called lambs. Domestic Sheep are now found all over the world, but they are declining in numbers in the U.S. because it is becoming economically unviable to raise...

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