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  ScienceDaily: Domestic sheep   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The domestic sheep (Ovis aries), the most common species of the sheep genus (Ovis), is a woolly ruminant quadruped which probably descends from the wild mouflon of south-central and south-west Asia.
Domestic sheep -- The domestic sheep (Ovis aries), the most common species of the sheep genus (Ovis), is a woolly ruminant quadruped which probably descends from the wild mouflon of south-central and south-west Asia.
Domestic goat -- The domestic goat is a domesticated subspecies of the Wild Goat.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/Domestic_sheep   (1481 words)

  Domestic sheep - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sheep breeders refer to female sheep as ewes, intact males as rams, castrated males as wethers, yearlings as hoggets, and younger sheep as lambs.
Sheep are often associated with obedience due to the widespread perception that sheep lack intelligence and their undoubted herd mentality.
Domestic sheep are descended from the mouflon that is found from the mountains of Turkey to southern Iran.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Domestic_sheep   (2039 words)

 Comparative Placentation > Domestic Sheep
Domestic sheep have presumably derived from Ovis musimon, the mouflon, a species that is distributed across Mediterranean islands.
The sheep placenta is a polycotyledonary placenta with 70 to 100 cotyledons.
Wimsatt, W.A.: New histological observations on the placenta of the sheep.
medicine.ucsd.edu /cpa/sheep.html   (6379 words)

 ADW: Ovis aries: Information
Domestic sheep are extremly versitile and exist in a wide variety of habitats worldwide ranging from temperate mountain forests to desert conditions.
The skulls of domesticated sheep differ from those of wild sheep in that the eye socket and brain case are reduced.
Domestic sheep are extremely hardy animals and can survive on a diet consisting of only cellulose, starch or sugars as an energy source and a nitrogen source which need not be protein.
animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu /site/accounts/information/Ovis_aries.html   (1023 words)

 WildWNC.org : Animals : SOUTHDOWN SHEEP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It is probable that domestic sheep descended primarily from the Moufflons, Ovis musimon and Ovis orientalis, and the Asiatic Urial, Ovis vignei, both of which are wild species of sheep.
The Southdown sheep is a medium-sized domestic breed, with rams (males) weighing between 160-200 pounds, and ewes (females) weighing between 100-150 pounds.
The domestic Southdown we see today has been bred to be solid white, while the original breed had fl faces with white tufts of wool on the forehead, and usually speckled legs.
wildwnc.org /af/southdownsheep.html   (648 words)

 Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade, October 1996
Sheep numbers have continued their uninterrupted decline, and are forecast to set new record lows in 1996 and 1997.
Ireland - Domestic sheep numbers have continued the long declining trend that began with the introduction of the ewe premium in 1993, and are forecast to continue falling throughout 1996 and 1997.
Domestic demand is forecast to continue growing through 1997 as sheep and goat meat are favored across a much wider cross section of India's population than beef or pork.
www.fas.usda.gov /dlp2/circular/1996/96-11/sheep.html   (4602 words)

 Domestic Sheep
Sheep are distinguished from goats by several characteristics, including a generally stockier body, the presence of scent glands on the face and hind legs, and the absence of beards in males.
Sheep are typically timid and defenseless, tending to stay in a group called a flock.
It is believed that sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated, perhaps more than 8,000 years ago.
www.eriezoo.org /domestic_sheep.htm   (155 words)

 ANIMAL BYTES - Domestic Sheep
Domestic sheep that become feral may loose this thick coat and develop a coat-type more similar to wild species.
Sheep were domesticated by 7500 B.C. The morino and Ramouillet are the two primary breeds of sheep used to produce fine wool.
Sheep breeds developed for their milk production are primarily the fat-tailed breeds, so called because of the stored fat in their tails and rump area.
www.seaworld.org /animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/mammalia/artiodactyla/domestic-sheep.htm   (323 words)

 Wild Goats & Sheep
Domestic animals have generally been selectively bred and have evolved under different conditions than their wild counterparts and thus many have become more or less susceptible to certain diseases or strains of pathogens.
Bighorn sheep populations in the San Juan Mountains of Utah experienced a 98% herd reduction over an 18-year period due to Pasteurella related die-offs.There have also been concerns over the transmission of other types of pathogens such as scabies and assorted parasites from domestic sheep, cattle and horses to bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
Bighorn sheep that do recover do not retain their resistance and are as likely as the rest of the herd to contract the bacteria again during subsequent outbreak episodes.
www.cnr.uidaho.edu /range456/hot-topics/wildlife-livestock.htm   (1746 words)

 Bighorn Sheep In Hells Canyon
Unregulated hunting, competition for forage with domestic livestock, and parasites and diseases introduced by domestic livestock were all factors which lead to the elimination of bighorns in Hells Canyon.
Today, research has shown that pneumonia caused by a biotype of bacteria called Pasteurella, which is transmitted from domestic sheep to bighorns, was the principal reason for the disappearance of bighorns in Hells Canyon and throughout most of the western United States (Martin et.
After 10 years of these trials, it was concluded that every time domestic and bighorn sheep experienced nose to nose contact, almost all of the bighorns died from pasteurella pneumonia in a short period of time.
www.fs.fed.us /hellscanyon/life_and_the_land/wildlife/bighorn-sheep.shtml   (1153 words)

Sheep breeders refer to female sheep as ewes, intact males as rams, castrated males as wethers, yearlings as hoggets, and younger sheep as lambs.
The sheep (or goat) forms one of the animals associated with the 12-year cycle of in the Chinese zodiac, related to the Chinese calendar.
Domestic sheep are descended from the moufflon (Ovis orientalis) that is found from the mountains of Turkey to southern Iran.
www.budweiser-beer.net /rams_and_sheep.htm   (1369 words)

 Pictures of the mouflon|Ovis aries facts
The domestic sheep (Ovis aries) descends from the Mouflon, and in 2003 evidence is proposed that Ovis aries first got domesticated about 9000 BC in Iraq and has been a source of meat, milk, wool and hides since then.
The domestic sheep has a highly developed herding or flocking instinct, there is no leader among the sheep.
Printouts The karakul sheep (Ovis aries) is a medium-sized sheep that is native to high-altitude areas in Central Asia; this sheep was named for a village in west Turkestan.
www.thewebsiteofeverything.com /animals/mammals/Artiodactyla/Bovidae/Ovis/Ovis-aries.html   (556 words)

 Sheep 101 - Basic Information
Sheep and goats are tied for second and third.
At 4 years of age the sheep has a "full mouth." When a ewe loses some of her incisor teeth, she is called a "broken mouth." When she loses all of her teeth she is called a "gummer."
A sheep that has rolled over on its back is called a "cast" sheep.
www.sheep101.info /sheepbasics.html   (637 words)

Dorsey noted that many wildlife professionals, wildlife researchers and veterinarians believe bighorn sheep and domestic sheep should not occupy the same range because of the potential adverse effects on bighorn sheep from diseases carried by domestic sheep.
Bighorn sheep are highly susceptible to some strains of Pasteruella carried by domestic sheep.
Domestic sheep appear to be immune to strains carried by bighorn sheep.
www.billingsgazette.com /index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2003/10/20/build/wyoming/65-sheepgrazing.inc   (530 words)

 Oakland Zoo: Domestic Sheep   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Barbados sheep have brown to almost red or light tan sides and back with a fl belly and fl markings on the legs, head, chin, neck and ears.
Domestic sheep yield wool, milk, meat and leather and also furnish raw materials for glue, tallow, suet, soap, fertilizer, cosmetics, and catgut used in stringing tennis rackets.
All domestic breeds of sheep descended from two different kinds of wild sheep: 1) the Urial from southern Asia; and 2) the mouflon from southern Europe.
www.oaklandzoo.org /atoz/azsheep.html   (431 words)

 Sheep 101 - Hair Sheep
It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of the world's sheep population are hair sheep, which an estimated 90 percent are found in Africa, 10 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Though estimated to be only 3% of the U.S. sheep population, hair sheep are gaining rapidly in popularity in the U.S. and other temperate climates because wool is not as profitable as it used to be and meat (lamb) is the primary source of income in the majority of sheep operations.
The primary difference between hair sheep and wooled sheep is the ratio of hair to wool fibers.
www.sheep101.info /hair.html   (605 words)

 Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections: Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Chromosomal and archeological evidence indicates that the Domestic sheep is descended from a mouflon-like animal and that domestication occurred about 10,000 - 11,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean region.
Domestic sheep have adversely affected its wild relatives in many areas by competing with them for forage and spreading disease.
Red Sheep or Mouflin are found in Armenia, S Azerbaijan, N Iraq, W Iran, and S and E turkey; transported populations (Mouflon) on Corsica and Sardinia, introduced from there to Europe, Ukraine (Crimea), USA (incl.
brainmuseum.org /Specimens/artiodactyla/sheep/index.html   (286 words)

 Disease from domestic sheep a worry for bighorn protectors | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sheep ranchers call it a thinly disguised effort to close grazing allotments on federal land.
Domestic sheep carry organisms that cause a deadly pneumonialike disease.
Instead, the state is trying to make sure the two sheep populations remain separated, in part through monitoring movement of the animals with the use of radio tracking collars attached to bighorn rams and domestic ewes.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20050920/news_1n20sheep.html   (563 words)

 Hinterland Who's Who - Mountain Sheep
The wild, or mountain, sheep is a stocky, hoofed mammal, about one and a half times as large as a domestic sheep.
In late summer and fall, bighorn sheep, particularly the rams, are beautifully clothed in a rich brown coat with white muzzle, white rump patch, and white trim outlining the back of all four legs.
Sheep are sociable, and the ewe quickly rejoins her flock of 10 or more ewes, lambs, yearlings, and immature rams.
www.hww.ca /hww2.asp?id=94   (2300 words)

 Wyoming project protects bighorn sheep, enhances forage for elk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wild herds of elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mule deer roam this land of rocky outcrops interspersed with grassy meadows and pine, spruce and fir stands.
Despite a seemingly coexistent relationship, there is increasing evidence that domestic sheep pose a threat to bighorn sheep populations.
Although each species carries a different strain of the virus, bighorns are highly susceptible to the strain carried by domestic sheep, while domestic sheep are immune to the strain carried by bighorns.
www.rmef.org /pages/SO02wy.html   (557 words)

 Encyclopedia of African History
The spread of sheep and goats of Near Eastern origins occurred rapidly by the sixth millennium BCE, while cattle that spread during this period may have derived from indigenous domestication in the eastern Sahara as much as a millennium or two earlier.
The slow spread of domestic fauna in this region during the second millennium BCE is due in part to the presence of disease threats to domesticates, as well as established hunter-gatherer adaptations.
In Southern Africa domestic livestock were adopted among khoesaan-speaking groups, perhaps in Namibia and the Zambezi river valley in the last centuries BCE, with subsequent dispersal southward.
www.routledge-ny.com /ref/africanhist/farming.html   (1272 words)

 TML&W American Sheep Industry
Sheep husbandry can be a viable way to raise food and fiber on lands that are susceptible to erosion or other watershed damage if subjected to crop agriculture.
Both the cattle and sheep industries would benefit from a focus on synergy rather than competition; sheep eat species that are undesirable to cattle graziers, and cattle can function as guard animals in joint herding systems.
Although the domestic sheep industry has declined, it is far from dead, and acceptance of its total demise would mean the loss of thousands of jobs on farms and in supporting services.
www.lambandwool.com /sheepind.htm   (830 words)

 deseretnews.com | Bighorn sheep — Once sparse, herds now flourish
Biologists believe diseases, carried by the bighorn's cousins, domestic sheep, were the main cause of their demise.
Domestic sheep are old world and bighorn sheep are new world and simply have no resistance to the diseases domestic sheep have become immune to over time.
Sheep from the island have been caught and are now on the Newfoundland and Stansbury mountains.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,660195525,00.html   (927 words)

 About Jacob Sheep   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A Jacob sheep is a primitive, domestic, multi-horned (polycerate), fl or lilac (deep gray or blue/purple cast) sheep with white spots (piebald).
Jacob sheep also have varying amounts of kemp (white, kinky, coarse wool) in their fleece and the "guard hair" often present on the neck at birth may be retained as hair for the life of the sheep.
Jacob sheep may be one of the oldest breeds of domestic sheep with the spots and irregular spotted fleece acting as camouflage and the horns acting as some defensive protection against predators.
www.jacobsheepconservancy.org /historic.htm   (1614 words)

 deseretnews.com | Battle over sheep heating up
Domestic sheep carry organisms that cause a deadly pneumonia-like disease.
Instead, the state is trying to make sure the two sheep populations remain separated — in part through monitoring movement of the animals with the use of radio tracking collars attached to both bighorn rams and domestic ewes.
Daniel Patterson, an ecologist with the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, is pushing for the removal of domestic sheep from bighorn habitat.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,610152358,00.html   (461 words)

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