A sheep farm in Mexico
- 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
- Lamb and mutton
Lamb 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.
The 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.
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.
Another word for pregnancy is gestation.
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.
A castrated male sheep is called a wether. Wethers are less aggressive
than rams. George is a wether.
A 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.
A group of sheep is called a flock. Larger groups of sheep are
called bands or mobs.
A shepherd is a person who cares for sheep.
A 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.
- Farm (n)
A farm is an area of land, including various structures, devoted
primarily to the practice of producing and managing food. It usually
includes cultivated land for producing crops
A ranch is a farm consisting of a large tract of land along with
facilities needed to raise livestock.
An abattoir is a building where animals are slaughtered and processed
into meat products. It comes from the French word, abattre, "to
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