Sheep, Lambs & Rams to make you smile
A baby sheep is called a lamb. A lamb becomes a grown up at around 9 months old. Female Sheep are called Ewes and male sheep are rams. Castrated sheep are called a wether. The act of giving birth to a lamb is referred to as lambing. Twins are common, with does giving birth to between 1-3 lambs. Lambs can stand very soon after delivery. Sheep graze on grass and eat up to 5 pounds of food every day. The minimum breeding age is 8 months. This is when the lamb becomes an ewe (later for rams). Lambs are born with long tails and sometimes these are docked by the farmer for hygiene purposes.These beautiful jacob lambs are like two peas in a pod. Lambs weigh between 5-8 pounds. They wean from 2 months old. Lambs become sheep at a year old. Lambs bleat whilst sheep make a ‘baa’ sound as in the nursery rhyme ‘BaBa Black Sheep have you got any wool”? Sheep like company. They do not thrive being alone. Utterly adorable picture of a baby sheep taking a stroll with a piglet.
What a handsome sheep we have here. A handsome but formidable ram. Sheep can be born with or without horns. Rams can become aggressive during the mating season. They can successfully impregnate up to 40 sheep in one breeding season. Domestic sheep can live in a variety of environments, hot and cold.
Sheep fleece can get out of control is left unshorn. This picture is a fine example of when that happens. Sheep are usually shorn every year. In the UK sheep are shorn in the Spring. One years fleece growth equates to about 8 pounds of wool. Sheep Shearing is a very skilled job as the fleece needs to be removed in it’s entirety. The Sheep fleeces are spun into wool. A pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. The ‘tallow’ or fat from a sheep can be used to make beauty products such as soap, shampoo and hand creme. Lanolin in sheep’s wool has softening and healing properties and is often used in specialist washing liquid for babies.For natural beautiful #sheepskin #rugs and leather products visit www.snugrugs.co.uk