Things to know about sheep

What is the composition of a flock?



scrotum of a ram

The maximum flock size is around 300 sheep. Most flocks consist of → dams with their offspring (male and female lambs) as well as very little (often only one) grown-up ram(s). This → ram is responsible for mating with all the grown-up ewes in the flock. His number of daily (!) mating partners can be as big as about fourty, a challenge for which nature has equipped rams adequately (see figure). However, each act of mating takes only seconds.

Definition:dam: female sheep which has already given birth to a lamb
Definition:ram: male sheep
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