Photo by Barry Harter, USDA/ARS 

     We have all heard of sheep in some form or another. While growing up, we sang the nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep" or "Mary had a Little Lamb." Some of us may have even watched the TV show "Lamb Chop's Play-Along" on PBS. Later on when we couldn't fall asleep, we were told to count sheep. Unfortunately, many of these "counting sheep" are losing business as the nationally renown sheep from the Serta Mattress commercials claim. Even words and phrases like sheepish or the black sheep have found their way into common usage.

     Although sheep seem to show up in various aspects of our daily lives, how much do we really know about sheep? This page with hopefully help you learn a thing or two about domestic sheep. Have fun exploring!


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