Facts About Sheep

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Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm explain basic facts about sheep in this free online video.

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Okay so sheep have been around for probably 10,000 years as a domestic animal. They are thought to be the original domestic farm animal. We won't talk about dogs but sheep have been around forever and they are very important to the history of agriculture. And they are important to us today. Today we will talk about types of sheep, how to recognize sheep, what we know about sheep, why people keep sheep and how to tell a sheep from a goat which is also a common question and various sundry other things. Sheep has ruminants, sheep are wool producers, sheep has meat, sheep are milk producers. There are many many reasons to keep a sheep and often people have a sheep or two on their land because they are also a very easy animal. They are not very demanding in terms of what they need to keep them healthy and happy.

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