Sheep and lambs - Sheep are over one year of age. They have usually produced offspring. Lambs are less than one year of age. They have usually not produced offspring.


Lamb and Mutton L
amb is also the term for the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food. The meat from a sheep that is older than 12 months is called mutton.

WoolThe fiber that most sheep grow is called wool. The wool from one sheep is called a fleece. Many fleeces from the same farm, wool pool, region, or state are called a clip.

Ewes -  A female sheep is called a ewe. Yoe is a slang term for ewe. A young female is called a ewe lamb. The process of giving birth to lambs is called lambing. Another word for birthing is parturition.

Rams - A male sheep is called a ram. Buck is the slang term for ram. A young male is called a ram lamb. In parts of the United Kingdom, a ram is called a tup and the mating season is called tupping.

Wethers A castrated male sheep is called a wether. Wethers are less aggressive than rams.

YearlingA yearling is an animal between 1 and 2 years of age that may or may not have produced offspring. In other countries, a yearling ewe is called a hogget, shearling, gimmer, theave, or teg.

Flock A group of sheep is called a flock. Larger groups of sheep are called bands or mobs.

ShepherdA shepherd is a person who cares for sheep.

SheepherderA sheepherder is a herder of sheep on open range. It is someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock. In the U.S., the sheepherder is not usually the owner of the sheep.

Teaser - A teaser is a ram that has been surgically altered in a way that prevents him from reproducing.

Slime GraftIs rubbing the fetal fluids and membrane of a ewe's lamb onto a lamb that you wish to graft onto her, usually in the case of abandonment or death of the graft lambs mother.

LanolinLanolin is wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals sometimes called wool grease or also called yolk.




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