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2009-01-14 09:59:38

Cattle and sheep grazed on natural grasslands help maintain biodiversity and produce tastier, healthier meat, according to a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research, part of the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) program which draws together the social and natural science, concluded that pasture-based farming is good for the environment, the consumer and the producer but needs stronger support from British policy makers if it is to realize its full...

2008-12-09 15:28:27

Camels are getting too pricey for live Christmas nativity scenes in Wisconsin and are being replaced by much cheaper donkeys and sheep, suppliers say. It may cost $2,100 to rent three camels on Christmas Eve for those wanting to stage live Christmas pageant nativity scenes, and hard times are prompting people to economize with $250 for six donkeys and sheep, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday. It goes up and down with the economy, Kathy Meyer, whose family owns Jo-Don Farms in...

2008-10-10 15:00:23

By CRONSHAW, Tim Whether the hot run of dairying conversions on Southland sheep farms will get the speed wobbles could depend on the extent of red meat profits this season. Higher sheepmeat returns are expected to have a greater bearing on the conversion rate than the lowering of Fonterra's starting payout for 2008-09 to $6.60 a kilogram of milk solids, down from an earlier forecast of $7/kg. The credit crunch will also have would- be investors looking closely at their numbers. Last...

2008-10-10 15:00:23

By CRONSHAW, Tim Pork producers are relying on softening grain prices to make pig farming more profitable. High grain prices have meant many producers only broke even last season, and the national sow herd fell 10 per cent in line with international losses. New Zealand Pork's chief executive, Sam McIvor, said fresh- pork prices had to improve to prevent producers going out of business. Pork's cheaper price, compared with other protein, was placing in it a good retailing position,...

2008-10-02 15:00:41

By DIANE BISHOP A $150 lamb is being targeted by Federated Farmers to improve returns to sheep farmers but Silver Fern Farms, formerly PPCS, has slammed it an unrealistic. FEDERATED Farmers has launched a campaign that sets an industry target of $150 a lamb over the next five years. However, Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's largest marketer, processor and exporter of red meat, said it set unrealistic expectations and did not take into account global economic reality. The T150 concept,...

2008-10-02 00:00:16

S tore lamb finishing over the coming winter in the Westcountry should be carefully planned to minimise the level of late-spring slaughterings for the greatest market stability. That is the advice from specialists at Eblex, following a study of lamb returns over the past two contrasting seasons. One of the main factors contributing to the particularly poor prices seen in 2007 was a glut of hoggets held through to April and May. Total slaughterings, which were around 15 per cent up on...

2008-09-25 15:00:39

By WICKHAM, Ian IT'S all about the price of feed. Historically, dairy farmers have always faced a conundrum -- especially in New Zealand. That challenge is: "With a given amount of feed available on my farm, how do I prioritise which class of my animals to feed it to?" In the past when dairy farms were 'self-contained' (how long since you have heard that expression?), it was easy. The milking herd got all the best stuff and the replacements got the back paddock, the steep gully and...

2008-09-25 00:00:18

The nfu has unveiled plans to get younger dairy farmers involved in the union's decision making with the launch of its Next Generation Dairy Board. This will be open to anyone under the age of 35 who owns, manages, or works on a dairy farm and will meet three times a year, at the NFU's Stoneleigh headquarters, and its Westminster and Brussels offices. Speaking at the launch, NFU president Peter Kendall said: "The creation of the Next Generation Dairy Board comes at a time when the average age...

2008-09-22 18:00:25

By Sam Wood STORE lamb finishing over the coming winter should be carefully planned to minimise the level of late spring slaughterings. That, says the English Beef and Lamb Executive (Eblex), will lead to greater stability in the market following a study of lamb returns over the past two contrasting seasons. One of the main factors contributing to the particularly poor prices seen in 2007 was a glut of old season lambs held through to April and May. Total slaughterings - some 15%...

2008-09-20 12:00:16

By SARAH SWAIN SCOTTISH students are top of the class at science - and it's all down to Dolly the Sheep. A new report from The Royal Society - the UK national academy of science - has revealed that Scotland has the largest proportion of students out of all the UK nations carrying on with science and maths after completing their compulsory education. Last year 12-per cent of 16 year olds in Scotland sat Higher physics, while just 4-per cent of students studied for the equivalent in...


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....

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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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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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