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'World's woolliest' sheep found 6 years after escaping

Farmers in Tasmania believe they have found the world's woolliest sheep and hope to prove it this week. The sheep apparently escaped from its owners six years ago.

Study: Sheep with parasites reproduce better

Researchers have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. The finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection.

Birth of rare 'geep' surprises petting zoo owner

Scottsdale - If you have never heard of a "geep", don't worry, neither did an Arizona woman, that is not until one of her ewes gave birth to one.

Hundreds of crazed sheep died 'like heroin addicts'

In central west of New South Wales, hundreds of sheep have died after consuming a poisonous plant, and then bashed their heads "like heroin addicts."

Photo Essay: Lots of fun at the farm Special

London Colney - Willows Farm is located in leafy Hertfordshire, a county in England. The farm is aimed at children and attracts hundreds of visitors each day. This Easter the Digital Journal paid a visit.

Daily Relief: Monday 31 March

A light-hearted look at the odd events happening in the world. Today includes sheep storming Le Lourve, a 14-year-old giving advice to the US Government, and a new dating method.

Norwegian farmers worried about 'sheep fishing'

Norwegian sheep farmers are concerned about a brutal new practice, after a farmer found several sheep with lures attached to their wool. It is thought that the sheep are captured and stolen for slaughtering.

Ticks pose a risk to sheep populations

Tick bites are responsible for a high death rate in sheep, according to a new study. Researchers have called for new measures to be taken to reduce the incidence of ticks.

Clue offered in tackling the Schmallenberg virus

A new research report indicates that a key building block in the Schmallenberg virus, which causes birth defects and stillbirths, could be a suitable target for anti-viral drugs.

Sheep survives 11 days under snow drift

Galloway - A sheep has survived after being buried alive in a snow drift for eleven days. Stuart Mactier, a farmer from south-west Scotland, rescued the pregnant sheep with a digger after it had been buried alive it heavy snow.

Synthetic foot-and-mouth vaccine developed

Researchers have developed a safer vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease by reproducing the protein shells found on the disease-causing virus.

France: Sheep could soon replace lawnmowers in Paris' parks

Paris - The city of Paris is to begin an experiment this April using sheep as a replacement for lawnmowers. Ultimately, it may result in some of the French capital’s most famous parks and open spaces being tended by sheep rather than mechanical means.

France: Wolves to be 'educated' not to kill sheep

With French farmers and environmentalists at odds over increasing numbers of wolves killing more sheep, a plan to capture and tag problem predators, 'educating' the beasts into avoidance or identifying them for quicker elimination, is up for discussion.

Deer that thinks it's a sheep

Dunwich - What do you do, if you are a young, lost and lonely red deer? Tag along with a herd of sheep and have the shepherd adopt you.

Photo Essay: Target 100 event brings the farm to the city Special

Sydney - Target 100 is a commitment to deliver sustainable cattle & sheep farming in Australia by 2020. On 17 and 18 December a virtual farm was set up in the heart of Sydney’s central business district to promote the initiative.

Transhumance — 2,000 sheep stop traffic in Madrid, Spain

Madrid - The streets of Madrid saw an entirely different protest on Sunday, as thousands of sheep and other farm animals blocked traffic in the annual "trashumancia", or transhumance event.

Video: Terry the Sheep has upside-down head

A sheep born with its head positioned the wrong way round is living happily on a farm somewhere in the United Kingdom countryside.

Genetically modified sheep designed to produce healthy meat

Beijing - Researchers in China have created a genetically modified sheep containing more healthy fats. The research is aimed at creating genetically altered farm animals which could be reared to produce more healthy meat alternatives.

Op-Ed: Read this story, then weep for the future of civilization

Are you optimistic about the future of civilization. Stop it. By the time you're done with this story you will join those of us pessimists who pray that the Mayans were right about their 2012 prediction.

Wolves in France blamed for killing sheep

Paris - Hunted almost to extinction in France in the 1930s, the grey wolf then earned endangered species protection, making a remarkable comeback with some 200 wolves colonizing in the southern regions and now inflicting costly losses on the sheep industry.

Shrek the famous NZ sheep dies

Shrek, the sheep who became famous when he was finally shorn after avoiding capture for six years, has died at the age of 16.

Israel shop offers free sheep when you buy a fridge

Tiberias - An electrical store in Israel has provoked controversy by offering a free sheep to anyone who buys a fridge. The special offer was aimed at Israeli Arabs who may want to slaughter the sheep ahead of an Islamic festival taking place this week.

UK farmers blame UFOs for sheep mutilations

Ten years or so worth of sheep mutilations in a select area of Shropshire County are leading some to speculate that the strange cases are the work of extra-terrestrials.

Study suggests that global warming affects the size of sheep

LONDON, UK – A study funded by Britain's Natural Environment Research Council suggest that global warming provides an direct effect on sheep.

Study shows how environmental change overrides natural selection

Researchers report changing winter conditions are causing Scotland's wild Soay sheep to get smaller despite the evolutionary benefits of having a large body.

World's first cloned camel unveiled in Dubai

The camel named Injaz, or Achievement, was unveiled to the world alongside her surrogate mother five days after being born at the city's Camel Reproduction Centre.

Natural Grasslands Maintain Biodiversity & Produce Tastier Meat

Cattle and sheep grazed on natural grasslands help maintain biodiversity and produce tastier, healthier meat, according to a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Study Reveals Evidence of Scrapie Transmission via Milk

Scrapie infectivity has not been detected in milk but cellular prion protein, the precursor of disease-associated prion protein PrPd, has been found in milk from ruminants.

Deadly Virus Blue-tongue Hits Sheep In The UK

The rare Blue-tongue virus has been allegedly found in sheep, according to experts in the UK. It is feared that the virus can transfer from cattle to sheep meaning thousands of animals could be under threat

My Baby Is A Real Lamb!

The couple live in Haaksbergen, the Netherlands.When a neighbour saw them making love he called in the police and the man was arrested.He walked free though because his partner didn't voice a charge of abuse.Perhaps had she not been a lamb she would have.
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Some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
Some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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A giant screen is set up at Martin Place  Sydney  as part of a Target 100  
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A giant screen is set up at Martin Place, Sydney, as part of a Target 100 event aimed at delivering sustainable cattle and sheep farming by 2020.
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A Spanish shepherd and his sheep and goats.
A Spanish shepherd and his sheep and goats.
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Sheep shearing and shorn sheep at Toronto s city-centre Riverdale Farm
Sheep shearing and shorn sheep at Toronto's city-centre Riverdale Farm
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Sheep survives after being buried in show drift
Sheep survives after being buried in show drift
Stuart Mactier
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One of the sheep in a nearby pen watched closely while another was clipped for the show.
One of the sheep in a nearby pen watched closely while another was clipped for the show.
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A couple of sheep dig into some hay in a net.
A couple of sheep dig into some hay in a net.
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A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
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Sheep shearing and shorn sheep at Toronto s city-centre Riverdale Farm
Sheep shearing and shorn sheep at Toronto's city-centre Riverdale Farm
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Growing up in a complex farm environment boosts and regulates the immune system  University of Brist...
Growing up in a complex farm environment boosts and regulates the immune system, University of Bristol researchers claimed.
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Like a flock of sheep  we go where we are told  and accept what ever we are told  just like the shee...
Like a flock of sheep, we go where we are told, and accept what ever we are told, just like the sheep in the pasture.
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sheep up north
sheep up north
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Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event in Martin Place  Sydney.
Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event in Martin Place, Sydney.
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Ouessant or Ushant sheep of the type to be used in the Paris grazing experiment.
Ouessant or Ushant sheep of the type to be used in the Paris grazing experiment.
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A cow and some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
A cow and some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
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A giant screen is set up at Martin Place  Sydney  as part of a Target 100  
event aimed at deliverin...
A giant screen is set up at Martin Place, Sydney, as part of a Target 100 event aimed at delivering sustainable cattle and sheep farming by 2020.
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Target 100 workers hand out information to the public and encourage them to take part in asking a fa...
Target 100 workers hand out information to the public and encourage them to take part in asking a farmer a question.
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Butterfly  the only geep known to exist in the U.S.
Butterfly, the only geep known to exist in the U.S.
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