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University of Alberta researcher David Coltman wrestles with bighorn mountain sheep to gauge their personalities.
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.
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.
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.
Experts now suggest climate change as the principal culprit behind a mysterious case of sheep shrinking in size over time.
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.
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.
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.
Itâ€™s not often that one has an opportunity to find humor in the topic of global warming.
The Santa Cruz sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that once existed in a feral population on the island of Santa Cruz. It is thought that this population came from flocks of Churro, Merino, or Rambouillet sheep that were brought to the island during the mid-nineteenth century. By the 1860’s these sheep had grown to hold a population in the thousands and were permitted to graze freely. However, the decline of ranching on the island that occurred in the twentieth century caused most of the...
The Rya, also known as the Swedish Carpet Wool Sheep or the Ryafår, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in Sweden and is the descendant of Swedish and Norwegian landrace sheep breeds. At the beginning of the twentieth century, this breed was rare, but there were populations of long wool sheep that were used to produce similar wool after selective breeding was conducted, which restored the population of the Rya breed. By 2000 the population had grown to two thousand and the breed can...
The Roslag sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that is thought to have originated in Roslagen, Sweden and it is known to be a descendant of remnant flocks of the Swedish landrace sheep breeds. This breed is small, with rams weighing up to 110 pounds and ewes weighing between 80 and 90 pounds. Its wool is typically white or ivory in color, although in can be bicolored or black, and it contains a curly or straight top coat of guard hair and an undercoat of thick wool. Rams will grow horns while...
The Romney sheep, also known as the Romney marsh sheep or the Kent, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in England and was recognized as an official breed by 1800. The breed at this time was an improved breed that had been developed from medieval longwool breeds and crossbred with Bakewell’s English Leicester. This breed was first exported in 1853, when twenty individuals were sent to New Zealand, and by the 1990’s the breed comprised over half of New Zealand’s sheep...
The Romanov is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from the Upper Volga region of Russia. This breed was named after the town of Romanov-Borisoglebsk and was first brought to other countries during the eighteenth century when they were imported into Germany and France. It was not until 1980 that the breed was brought to North America, first to Canada and then to the United States. The Romanov is a Northern European short-tailed sheep breed that varies in weight depending upon the...
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