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2009-08-29 00:40:30

A young ram shattered previous record prices at sheep sales this week in Scotland, selling for the equivalent of $377,000. Deveronvale Perfection, a Texel tup, or ram, was bought by Jimmy Douglas, an Aberdeenshire sheep breeder, for 231,000 pounds at the Scottish National Texel Sale at Lanark Market, The Daily Telegraph reported. The price was more than 100,000 pounds above the previous record for a Texel, a breed originating on the Dutch island of Texel, and above the previous record sheep...

2009-08-06 16:31:39

Wolves are moving into Switzerland from Italy and posing a danger to sheep herds, experts from the Federal Environment Office in Bern said. Wolves were driven out of Switzerland in the 19th century, but are returning. Although there are many more wolves in the French and Italian Alps, Swiss authorities believe the number there will rise in the coming years. Since mid-May 100 sheep were slaughtered by wolves. In one case, 15 sheep were killed in an attack in canton Valais. The flock was in...

2009-08-06 11:07:58

Mary had a little lamb, but only once a year. However, Cornell Sheep Program researchers have discovered an unusual form of a gene that prompts ewes to breed out of season as well as conceive at younger ages and more frequently.They conducted a simple genetic test to identify the presence of the unusual form of the gene, the so-called M allele that other researchers had suspected might be correlated with out-of-season fertility, in their test flock and then validated the gene's relationship...

2009-08-04 17:51:06

African village dogs' lineage can be traced to an ancestral pool of indigenous dogs, a Cornell University-led genetic analysis suggests. The study of hundreds of semi-feral dogs indicated most village dogs from most African regions were genetically different from non-native breeds and mixed-breed dogs, the university said Tuesday in a news release. The study, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offered insight into the poorly understood history of...

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2009-07-22 13:15:01

Experts now suggest climate change as the principal culprit behind a mysterious case of sheep shrinking in size over time, AFP reported. Two Scottish islands in the remote Outer Hebrides, Soay and Hirta, have only two sole inhabitants: wild sheep that likely arrived there some 4,000 years ago with the first human settlers. Experts have been studying the impact of weather, food and genetics on a wild animal population using these sheep since the 1950s, due to their isolation and lack of...

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2009-07-13 15:44:24

U.S. biologists say the 700-mile security wall under construction along the United States-Mexico border could significantly threaten wildlife. The scientists said the wall would alter the movement and connectivity of wildlife and the animals' potential isolation might be a threat to populations of some species. But the researchers said technology and design alterations could dramatically improve the potential for animals to move more freely between the two countries. Oregon State University...

2009-07-08 14:52:27

A 700-mile security wall under construction along the United States' border with Mexico could significantly alter the movement and "connectivity" of wildlife, biologists say, and the animals' potential isolation is a threat to populations of some species.However, technology and alterations to the design could dramatically improve the potential for animals to move more freely between the two countries, the scientists added.Results of their study are being published in the journal Conservation...

2009-07-06 15:28:39

U.S. scientists say rare sheep called hair sheep could be a key to improving medical diagnostic tests conducted in the developing world. Hair sheep, the scientists said, do not have long, woolly coats that require shearing. But, more importantly, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found not only are the sheep low-maintenance and parasite-resistant, they're also perfect blood donors for microbiology tests necessary to diagnose infectious disease in the developing world....

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2009-07-04 09:00:00

The newest revolution in microbiology testing walks on four legs and says "baa."It's the hair sheep, a less-hirsute version of the familiar woolly barnyard resident. A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine, which is to be published July 3 in PLoS ONE, finds that not only are these ruminants low-maintenance and parasite-resistant, they're also perfect blood donors for the microbiology tests necessary to diagnose infectious disease in the developing world.Identifying...

2009-07-03 11:30:16

Milder weather brought about by climate change is causing Soay sheep to shrink on an uninhabited British island, scientists said. On Hirta Island in the St. Kilda archipelago, warmer winters and longer summers mean weaker, smaller Soay lambs are surviving to breed and, in turn, produce smaller offspring, said Tim Coulson, a professor at Imperial College London. In the past, only the big, healthy sheep and large lambs that had piled on weight in their first summer could survive the harsh...


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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