Facts about Lincoln Sheep, "Scientific name for Lincoln Sheep is Ovis aries". Lincoln Sheep is a breed of sheep that originated in the place called Lincolnshire which is in the eastern cost of the great England. The Lincoln Sheep could not make much demand in the market as they were just like any other native sheep available in the market. Lincoln sheep has gone through proper evolution by going through cross breeding. The cross breeding has helped the sheep to have better wool quality and also better meat. Lincoln Sheep is one among the largest sheep breed that you can find in all around the world.
Dudding Family and Lincoln Breed
Dudding family that existed in Lincolnshire area had a role in the improvement of this breed as they raised the breed for more than 175 years. They have cross breaded the particular breed with many others for the betterment of this breed and also have exported the breed to many other countries of the world and especially to Argentina. The stud got dispersed in the year 1913 and till then they were in the forefront of raising the Lincoln Sheep breed.
Appearance of Lincoln Sheep
The Lincoln Sheep are obviously larger sheep and were once the largest sheep breed available in the world. Cross breeding have resulted in new sheep breeds that are larger than this one but Lincoln Sheep is still in the list of the largest sheep. They are lean and well muscles. The Lincoln Sheep have a rectangular form and have got a deep body. Their body may look much wider. The Lincoln Sheep may lack fullness through the legs and it may look like they are upstanding.
Weight of the Sheep
The Lincoln Sheep is the breed that usually has got much better weight compared to many other sheep breeds. A ram that is matured can have a weight of about 250 to 350 pounds (113.4 to 158.7 kg). In the case of a matured Ewe the weight can range between 200 to 250 pounds (90.7 to 113.4 kg). The Lincoln Sheep are hefty in their looks itself and can be considered as great for meat as they weigh really in a better way compared to many other sheep breeds.
The fleece that you get out of Lincoln sheep are available in heavy locks and are usually twisted spirally at the end part of it. The Lincoln Sheep should be wooled in a proper way till the knees as well as hocks and there are certain individuals who even wool their Lincoln Sheep below this particular point too. The length of the fleeces of Lincolns can be considered as the ones that are longest compared to any other breeds. The fleece can have a length ranges from 8 to 15 inches (20.3 to 38 cm) that can yield about 65 to 80 percentage. The fleece can be found parted on both lambs as well as older ones. They are capable of producing coarsest and heaviest fleeces.
Some Lincoln Sheep Facts
Milk from Sheep is mostly used to make gourmet cheese. A Lincoln Sheep has an average body temperature of about 102.5˚F (39.1˚ Cel).
A lambs is usually sold on average for meat between 90 to 120 pounds (41 to 54.4 kg). "Mutton" is the name of the meat from a full grown sheep. There is a split in the sheep upper lip which allows them to select their favorite leaves off a plant.
A Lincoln Sheep has a life expectancy between 6 1/2 to 11 years. Milk from sheep has a higher level of zinc, calcium, protein, fat, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin than milk from cows or a goat.
A Lincoln Sheep is a herbivores, that eats leaves, grass, hay and furns. A sheep has four chambers to its digestive system that helps break down what they eat. Lincoln Sheep are "Ruminant" is any hoofed even-toed, mammal that digests its food in two stages. First by eating the raw materials and regurgitating a semi-digested form known as "cud" (ruminating: chewing the cud.) then eating the cud.
In the world there are over 1 billion sheep and China has the most sheep in the world. A "flock or herd" is a group of Lincoln Sheep. "Lamb" is the name of a young Lincoln Sheep and it is called a sheep or "hogget" at one year old. "Ewe" is the name of the female Lincoln Sheep. "Ram" is the name of the adult male Lincoln Sheep. "Wether" is an adult castrated male sheep. The act of breeding for sheep is called "tubing". Lincoln Sheep give birth to 1 to 3 baby lambs once or twice a year. "lambing" is the act of giving birth for sheep. A Lincoln lamb weighs on average when born, about 5 to 8 pounds (2.2 to 3.6 kg). Sheep are born without or with horns (polled). The high pitched sound a baby lamb makes is called "bleating". The length of a pregnancy (gestation period) for a Lincoln Sheep is about 145 to 156 days.
Lincoln Sheep have a 300 degrees field of vision and sheep do not have to turn their head to see behind them and Lincoln Sheep have excellent hearing. Sheep have long been used to control unwanted vegetation. Sheep that are breeding are called "Tupping". Shelter is not necessary in the rain but Lincoln Sheep do seek shade from the sun. There are over 900 different sheep breeds in the world and 40 different breeds of sheep in the United States. A Lincoln Sheep does not have teeth in their upper front jaw. Sheep have 32 teeth. Lincoln Sheep have 24 molars and 8 incisors in their mouth. A Lincoln Sheep has only lower teeth that press against an upper palette.