NORTH DAKOTA

SHEEP INDUSTRY

23,000
SHEEP RAISED IN ND
150
YARDS OF WOOL PER BASEBALL
DID YOU KNOW?

ONE POUND OF WOOL CAN MAKE TEN MILES OF YARN!

TERMINOLOGY

OVINE

Of, relating to, or resembling a sheep

RAM

An uncastrated male sheep used for reproduction

WETHER

A male sheep that has been castrated

EWE

An adult female sheep that has given birth

EWE LAMB

A young female sheep that has not given birth

LAMB

Newborn sheep

LAMBING

The process of giving birth to new lambs

FLOCK

A group of sheep is called a flock

EVERYTHING BUT THE 'BAAA'!

Over 47 different breeds of sheep can be found in the US. Sheep by-products are used daily in ways you wouldn’t imagine! From the hide and wool of a sheep, you can make fabrics and luggage. Wool is comparatively stronger than steel. Wool is fire resistant. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture. You can make chewing gum and paints from the fatty acids!

The intestines of a sheep can be used to make surgical sutures and tennis racket strings! To make 1 tennis racket, small intestines from 11 sheep are needed.

TOP SHEEP BREEDS IN ND

  1. HAMPSHIRE
  2. SUFFOLK
  3. COLUMBIA
  4. DORSET