Wisconsin winters can be harsh. One farm animal we envy is the sheep. They have a thick wool coat that is perfect for staying dry & warm in any climate.
- Lightening is a Shetland ewe (female). Male sheep are called rams.
- Shetlands are small and slow-growing. It can take two to three years to reach their adult weight.
- Rams usually weigh approximately 105 lbs and ewes about 85 lbs. Lambs (baby sheep) are born weighing around 5 lbs.
- Shetlands live 10 to 12 years. According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the oldest sheep lived to be 23.
- The breed is noted for its very fine, soft wool and the high quality of its meat.
- Wool is one of the best insulating fibers known to man. It is moisture wicking.
- Their wool repels water, but humidity is absorbed. That's why sheep do well in both winter and summer.
- Sheep have excellent peripheral vision and can see behind themselves without turning their heads.