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The Ultimate Sheep Quiz
by Staff
Some people count them to help them sleep, while others wear their skins to keep warm or enjoy their meat. No matter what, sheep are popular domesticated animals. Learn more about these creatures by taking this quiz.

Is there a similarity between sheep and cattle?

  • four-chambered stomach
  • cloven hoofs
  • ruminant and cloven-hoofed

What is a ram?

  • female sheep
  • male sheep
  • any sheep without horns

What is a ewe?

  • sheep under one year old
  • young male sheep
  • female sheep

How can you tell a wild sheep from a domestic sheep?

  • coat of stiff hairs
  • long-haired coat
  • longer, sharper horns

What is the natural inclination of sheep?

  • basically individualists
  • flock together
  • carnivores

How does this inclination benefit the farmer?

  • One shepherd controls a flock.
  • Farmer can determine the kind of leadership within a flock.
  • Sheep always return to familiar grazing grounds.

If you are offered mutton, what are you about to receive?

  • sheepskin jacket
  • meat from an older sheep
  • female sheep tail

What weight does a ram reach?

  • 250 pounds (114 kg)
  • 350 pounds (160 kg)
  • 450 pounds (204 kg)

How much can an adult ewe weigh?

  • 250 pounds (115 kg)
  • 200 pounds (91 kg)
  • 150 pounds (68 kg)

Does the sheep have to be killed before its wool is taken?

  • Shorn sheep will die of hypothermia anyway.
  • The wool is attached to the skin, so the sheep must be killed.
  • Wool is shorn from live sheep.

Can the fleece of a sheep be tan in color?

  • It's always white.
  • It can be.
  • Only female sheep can have colored fleece.

Which sex of sheep have horns?

  • depends on breed
  • only males
  • mainly females

How many breeds of domestic sheep are there?

  • 100
  • 150
  • 200

And how many of these breeds are economically relevant?

  • 12
  • 25
  • 48

Which breed of sheep produces the finest wool?

  • New Zealand Woolly
  • Hampshire
  • Merino

From where do most breeds of meat sheep originate?

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain

What is the outstanding characteristic of the Hampshire breed?

  • brown or black faces
  • extremely soft fleece
  • aggressive and dangerous

What is unusual about the Corriedale?

  • Only females have horns.
  • Rams have large spiral horns.
  • Neither sex has horns.

What breed of sheep is raised mainly for milk?

  • Rambouillet
  • East Friesian
  • Suffolk

At what age are lambs raised for meat slaughtered?

  • four to seven months
  • seven to nine months
  • nine to 11 months