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Image 1 - Tasmanian Tiger Not To Blame For Killing Sheep
2011-09-01 08:06:14

  Hunted to extinction in the early twentieth century for allegedly being a killer of sheep, Australia´s iconic Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped back, has been found not guilty in a new study published in the Zoological Society of London´s Journal of Zoology. “Our research has shown that its rather feeble jaw restricted it to catching smaller, more agile prey,” said lead author Marie Attard, of the University of New South...

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2011-07-25 10:50:51

A genetic study of the world's largest sheep species has revealed that the big-horned animals travel extensively across the mountainous borders of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China according to Wildlife Conservation Society researchers with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Using a non-invasive technique that extracts DNA from fecal samples, researchers in WCS's Afghanistan Program found that Marco Polo sheep in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan are...

2011-07-22 15:32:00

DENVER, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the second annual Lamb Jam on Sunday, July 17, at the Golden Gate Club, the American Lamb Board partnered with California lamb producers and Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance to bring summer flavors to the table. Sixteen talented chefs showcased the versatility of California lamb with distinct dishes, utilizing loin, shoulder, shank and leg cuts, as they battled it out for top honors and a chance to compete in a Master Lamb Jam in New York City....

2011-07-11 00:00:30

In what is believed to be a world first, a sheep has this month undergone Medivet's revolutionary Adipose Stem Cell Procedure to treat its crippling arthritis. (PRWEB) July 09, 2011 In what is believed to be a world first, a sheep has this month undergone Medivet's revolutionary Adipose Stem Cell Procedure to treat its crippling arthritis. The procedure has been carried out at Pet Universe Veterinary Centre in Manningham, South Australia. Tommy the Merino ram wandered up to Pam...

2011-07-04 11:48:00

SWINDON, England, July 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust has revealed that members of the public will decide which flock of sheep will be bought by a working, commercial farm as part of the MyFarm* experiment which aims to re-connect people with the day-to-day realities of farming. Under the banner 'You choose the Ewes', subscribers signed up for the experiment will be asked to choose between buying 100 commercial or rare breed sheep**, to expand the current...

2011-04-08 14:10:00

DENVER, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when families are preparing to celebrate holidays such as Easter and Passover, nothing sings spring like American Lamb. A culinary bridge across cultures, lamb is a staple of spring cooking, rooted in a number of religious traditions. Though American Lamb is available year-round, demand more than doubles in America during the spring holidays. From eye-catching crown roasts to family-friendly leg, American Lamb makes for an easy and elegant...

2011-03-01 14:21:19

Fernando Rendo, biologist at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has developed genetic-molecular tools, with the intention of completing the genealogical tree of certain ovine, bovine and equine breeds in the Basque Country Autonomous Community (CAPV"“EAE) and Navarre. Concretely, he opted for numerous microsatellites (a type of DNA sequence) and certain SNPs (a kind of variation in the DNA sequence) that can act as biomarkers for characterizing genetic structures. With...

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2010-10-29 08:13:44

By Kitta MacPherson, Princeton University Strong immunity may play a key role in determining long life, but may do so at the expense of reduced fertility, a Princeton University study has concluded. An 11-year study of a population of wild sheep located on a remote island off the coast of Scotland that gauged the animals' susceptibility to infection may give new insight into why some people get sicker than others when exposed to the same illness. The answer to this medical puzzle may lie in...

2010-10-06 12:55:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Program Director Andrew Gunther is pleased to announce that Animal Welfare Approved farmer, Jeremiah Jones of GrassRoots Pork Company in Beulaville, N.C., has been awarded the 2010 Glynwood Farmer Harvest Award. Glynwood, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable agriculture and farmland preservation, gives this award to highlight innovative work being done to increase access to fresh, locally produced food and to recognize leaders from across...


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Awassi Sheep
2014-09-17 10:42:28

The Awassi sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Syro-Arabian desert. Today, it can be found in many areas including Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon and it is the most common sheep throughout the Arab countries. This breed is a natural choice to keep in these areas, as it is able to survive in harsh conditions and is able to efficiently provide humans with wool, milk, or meat. However, it is known to adapt to any environment and can forage and...

Arapawa Sheep
2014-09-16 10:49:57

The Arapawa sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that is typically only found on Arapawa Island in New Zealand. It is thought that this breed has been isolated on the island since 1867 and although there are many theories regarding its origin, it is most widely accepted that it is a descendant Merino strains from Australia. Because the Arapawa sheep has lived in an area with harsh terrain for so long, it often looks hunched over in appearance, carrying its tail and head in a downward...

Ancon Sheep
2014-09-16 09:59:30

The Ancon sheep, also known as the otter sheep or Ancon, is a group of domestic sheep that were developed from a single lamb in Massachusetts in 1791. Although the name “Ancon” was given to this breed, it has also been used to refer to similar breeds including stock from Texas established in 1962 and Norwegian stock that was established in 1919. The phenotype that causes the mutations that are characteristic of the Ancon and other similar breeds has occurred naturally at least four times,...

Alpines Steinschaf
2014-09-16 09:26:07

The Alpines Steinschaf is a breed of domestic sheep that is located in the Southern Alps of Germany and Eastern Alps of Austria. This breed is one of four in the Steinschaf group, which is thought to be derived from the Zaupelschaf type which lived during the medieval period or the Torschaf, which is older than the Zaupelschaf. This most likely makes the Alpines Steinschaf the oldest breed of sheep in the eastern Alps. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the Alpines Stinschaf could...

Afrikaner Sheep
2014-09-16 09:18:15

The Afrikaner sheep, also known as the cape fat tail, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to South Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in that area and is a descendant of sheep brought from the Khoikhoin people in the Middle East. There are two types of this breed, known as the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and it is thought that the Ronderib type was the first type of sheep to be introduced into Australia. The Afrikaner sheep is a hardy breed and is known...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'