Saturday, April 27, 2013

What do you call a female sheep?

Today I have a biology related question... Let's talk about sheep. As far as I know sheep numbers in Poland are dwindling dramatically. I have no idea why this is so and I am not an expert in this are about it seems that sheep breeding isn't profitable. Why? No idea again... Anyhow, the word for today is...
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EWE

This word refers to a female sheep; in Polish we say owca, maciorka. Look at the pronunciation of the word ewe.


A few examples from the Internet:
  • Estrus is the period of time when the ewe is receptive to the ram and will stand for...
  • The hill ewes are then bred to a Bluefaced Leicester ram to produce crossbred progeny referred to...
  • When mature ewes are in heat, they will seek out the ram and stand still for him to mount...
  • On the hills the ewes are normally pure bred providing flock replacements, finished...
  • Ewes are often revaccinated annually about 3 weeks before lambing...    

My question to you:
Why isn't sheep breeding popular in Poland?

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