Photo courtesy of Rick Turner
Sheep on the White House lawn
Photo courtesy of
Presidential Pet Museum
George's Believe It Or Not
Racing sheep amble in Emmaville, bolt in Bideford
Champion racehorses burst from their starting boxes and charge
towards the finish line, eager to win. Racing sheep, by contrast,
usually prefer to amble. That's why horse races are more popular
than sheep races. But, an English farmer claims one of his racing
rams established world record by covering a 220-yard course (which
included a ewe-turn) in just 17 seconds. [text courtesy of Eric
The Hoo Farm in Shropshire,
England, is famous for sheep steeplechasing. In fact, at one time,
the hurdles for steeplechasing contained flocks of sheep.
Mutton-busting is a rodeo event for small children, 4 to 7 years
old and weighing under 50 to 60 pounds, who ride a sheep bareback
from the chute to the other end of the arena. While the sheep
don't buck much, the ride dislodges most youngins. The goal is
to ride the sheep for six seconds. Youngsters hang onto the sheep's
wool. They wear helmets for protection.
Legendary sheep show
In the Agrodome Sheep Show, 19 champion rams of different breeds
wait on a platform before making their entrances. After all 19
rams are in place, a shearing demonstration is given with another
sheep. At the end of the show, Border Collies demonstrate their
agility by running over the backs of the rams.
The New Zealand Agrodome
is a 160-hectare working sheep and cattle farm with 1,200 sheep
and 120 beef cattle. In 1999, the Agrodome opened a woollen mill
that shows all aspects of New Zealand wool processing. The Agrodome
gives international visitors to New Zealand a real, hands-on,
live experience of farming and a total interaction with sheep,
goats, cattle, deer, and baby lambs.
White House woolies
President Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House South
Lawn. The wool obtained from the sheep was sold to raise money
for the Red Cross during World War I. The flock included "Old
Ike," a tobacco-chewing ram.
Fighting City Hall
For six months during the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis in Great
Britain, 62 year old Moira Linaker defied government orders to
cull her flock of rare sheep. Moira won her battle to save her
sheep and tells her story in the book, Behind Chained Gates.
Go to The Eden Flock
- Pedigree Ryeland Sheep=>
In some countries, sheep are used for fighting. The sheep are
trained to fight at a young age. They are chosen for their size.
They start fighting when they are 3 years old. Their "career"
last for about four years. Sheep fighting is usually part of a
celebratory festival such as Eid al adha (the Festival of Sacrifice).
In some countries, tournaments are organized, and the victorious
rams are exhibited on the main roads of towns.
View YouTube Video of fighting sheep=>
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