See if you can answer these questions in our sheep quiz…
Q. Other than the farmer’s name in the movie Babe, what is a hogget?
A. A hogget is a sheep between one and two years old. The first shearing of hogget wool is the best wool a sheep will ever produce.
Q. What mineral is toxic to sheep?
A. Copper. Sheep require trace amounts of copper. However, copper is toxic to sheep in larger amounts. Mineral supplements have to be specifically labeled for sheep.
Q. What does ‘flushing’ a ewe mean?
A. Flushing a ewe is done 10 days before breeding. She’s put into the lushest pasture where she’ll graze on legumes (clover and alfalfa). The high quality pasture causes her to release more eggs and increases the chance that she’ll have twin or triplet lambs.
Q. What is the gestation time for a ewe?
A. 5 months (143-151 days) December breeding brings May lambs. Our ewes are bread in mid-November.
Q. Do Sheep have upper incisors ?
A. No. Sheep have 4 pair of lower incisors, but none in the upper jaw.
Q. What are two distinct differences between domestic and wild sheep?
A. Wild sheep have hair, domestic sheep have wool. Wild sheep, even ewes, have horns. Domestic sheep breeds are virtually hornless.
Q. Who produces the best 100% grass fed lamb, rich in CLA, Lutein, Omega 3, and grazed on certified organic pasture?
A. Forest Hill Farm! Grazed lamb is a healthy choice. Here’s a delicious recipe, enjoy!