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Unformatted text preview: Sheep and Goats • History • I mportance • Behaviors • Sheep Management Schedule (Unique situations/practices) History of Goats • Domesticated 8500 to 9000 years ago (~7000 B.C.) • Wild ancestor believed to be the Bezoar goat, which originally lived in an area from Persia / Asia Minor to Crete including parts of Russia. History of Goats • Domesticated for food, milk, and clothing • Very common among nomadic societies • Brought to North/South America, New Zealand and Australia via European and Asian explorers History of Sheep • Domesticated 6000 to 7000 years ago (~ 5000 B.C.) • Wild ancestors were probably the European Mouflon and Asiatic Urial which had ranges from Western Europe to China History of Sheep • Domesticated for food, milk, and clothing • Brought to North/South America, New Zealand and Australia via European and Asian explorers History of Sheep • Ancient ancestors probably had predominantly hair (as opposed to wool) • They grew and matured slowly History of Sheep • Also, they probably were poor producers of milk and gave birth predominantly to single lambs History of Sheep • After domestication, selective breeding or genetic improvement has resulted in: fast growth multiple births wool quality U.S. Sheep Demographics - 2007 • Total sheep operations – 70,590 • Total sheep inventory – 7.3 million head • Gross income in U.S. from sale of sheep products - $505 million Top Producing States • Texas, California, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota are the top 5 states in terms of sheep production N.C. Sheep Demographics - 2007 • Total sheep operations – 850 • Total sheep inventory – 21,000 head • Gross income in N.C. from sale of sheep products - $751,000 N.C. “Market Share” of U.S. Sheep I ndustry • Total operations – 1.1% • Total inventory – 0.3% • Gross income – 0.2% Goat Demographics - 2007 • Total U.S. goat operations – 108,130 • Total N.C. goat operations – 4,300 I mportance in N.C....
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2010 for the course ANS 150 taught by Professor Jamoore during the Fall '08 term at N.C. State.

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