Among the many farm animals at Doghill Fairytale Farm, you can meet, for example, sheep, which live in the farm yard in the enclosure. The sheep sometimes give birth to lambs during the summer, and both the Doghill residents and visitors get to admire them. The sheep are gray Finnsheep breed, which means that they are born black and turn almost white when they grow up.
A brooding landscaper
Most of a sheep's day is spent eating and ruminating. A sheep mostly ruminates lying down, and at the same time it rests.
The sheep has a small sharp tuft, a bipartite upper lip, small front teeth in the lower jaw and a hard gum pad in the upper jaw. With their help, the sheep can graze the pasture precisely. The sheep is an excellent landscape manager because it not only eats grass but also other undergrowth and clears areas that are difficult to access.
A woolly herd animal
A herd of sheep does not necessarily have a clear leader. However, the biggest and oldest sheep are higher in the hierarchy than the younger ones.
There are friendships in the pack, and friends spend more time with each other than with other individuals in the pack. Friendship is shown by rubbing horns, faces or necks together or by showing and licking each other.
Did you know?
The sheep's wool is collected twice a year. About 2 kilos of wool can be gathered from one sheep.