Friday, 22 May 2015

In Photos || Ovis Aries [Sheep]


Back in April 2012 I wrote my Bucket list on this here blog. 'Feed a Lamb' was on that list.
Since this time I have been trying my hardest to make this thing out of all of them come true and thankfully it (kinda) did recently - yay!
Long story short, my Mams friend owns a farm, it was lambing season and so I got to go visit to take photos and stroke them and stuff. Turns out we ended up on the back of the quad bike racing over fields feeding the sheep, getting muddy and then heading back to see the younger lambs in the lambing sheds, I even had some of them suck my finger and have a cuddle. :D It was one of the best days of my life ever.

Like my previous 'In Photos' posts I'm going to mix the photos I took with some super factual fact type of sentences in a semi-educational, fully fun way! :P
Lets begin... 





Worldwide there are more breeds and specifications of sheep than you could ever imagine, so much so that to list them all would take an age. With global origins in every continent, they all have a purpose from being used for their wool and hides to their meat and even milk in some cases. There are also many breeds that help to manage and maintain the natural lands by what is called 'conversational grazing'.

The sheep in this post, however, are of a few breeds. Out of the 20 million breeding sheep in the UK, this farm is home to 1000 breeding ewes (females) which are mainly Mules and Suffolk crosses. Rams used for mating are Texels, Suffolks or Charollais. No matter what breed they are you can't say that every single little lamb isn't absolutely gorgeous. Of course, as the circle of life indicates and like the vast percentage of the UKs lambs, these are destined for plates and will only be at the farm until the end of May. Unimaginable when one is sucking on your finger and nudging your hand with its head - it makes me glad that I don't eat lamb.




Interesting Facts About Sheep & Lambs
- Sheep have great memories, being able to remember around 50 individual other sheep and people over years.
- Similarly, the have been known to have best friends and chosen social groups.
- When isolated or stressed they show signs of depression, like hanging their heads and negative body language.
- Sheep also display other emotions by the position of their ears.
- They are a lot more intelligent than most people think with IQs close to that of Cattle and Pigs.
- Approximately 8% of Rams show preferences to other males.
- Sheep are pregnant for 5 months.
- Lambs and Ewes have a close bond and just like humans recognize their families voices, they recognize each others bleats.
- The rectangular pupil that sheep have means they have a larger peripheral than humans, 100 degrees more in fact at 270 degrees.
- Sacred to the ancient Egyptians, sheep were known to be mummified after death.
- Sheep are present highly in a lot of religion and mythology.
- There are 247 mentions of sheep and/or shepherds in the Bible.
- 10% of the worlds sheep breeds don't actually have woolen coats, instead they have hair.
- When feeling poorly they have been known to hunt out particular plants that they know have medicinal qualities for them.
- This year happens to be the Chinese year of the Sheep!



As always, I hope you enjoyed this and perhaps learnt something you didn't know beforehand.
What experiences of sheep and lambs have you had? And what is your favorite photo from above? I hope to go back next year and get some better ones as I definitely got a little too distracted petting them rather than photographing!


20 comments:

  1. I swear I must've known this post was coming, the sheep facts are so interesting, so much so I dreamt about a lamb giving a human a cuddle last night. How weird? HAHA! My husband's parents are farmers and it still never gets old during laming time!
    Bee xxx
    QueenBeady.com

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    1. Oh my gosh, thats crazy haha. Super weird! Aww how fab! They'd be sick of me come lambing time as I'd want to be there 24/7 taking photos and having cuddles!!

      xo

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing yet again some awesome pictures with us. Have you got your new camera yet? I found it interesting to read through your facts about lambs and sheep and I remember from biology A-Levels that lambs bond 30 seconds after they've been born to their mothers. If you replace the mother before those 30 seconds with another animal the lamb will bond to it instead. Our world is so full of wonders, don't you think? Hope you're well and will have a fantastic weekend with Jake and Baker. What are you guys up to?

    Caz | Style Lingua

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    1. Aw bless you Carolin, thank you. I have got it but unfortunately didn't have it when I took these photos - they would of been so much better if I had.
      Yes! I love the bonding thing. Have you heard if one dies they take its skin and put it on a one that needs a mother and she will then bond to that? Not as cute but still super interesting!

      We actually have nothing planned this bank holiday weekend. Jakes been poorly and I've got lots of work to do sorting my new shop opening next week!! What about you? Hope you are well too!

      xo

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  3. Oh my gosh, this post is so adorable! I had no idea that sheep can remember different people too, that's really interesting! I always love learning new things about animals and your photography as always is beautiful - you've captured these lambs perfectly! - Tasha

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    1. I didn't know it until I was researching for this either! So cool! I bet all those lambs will remember you taking photos of them haha!
      I'm really disappointed with the photos in this, wish I had my new camera back then but thank you! And the memories I have are even better :)

      xo

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  4. I love sheep =] there so fluffy and cute.

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Awww those lambs are gorgeous! You must've had such a lovely time feeding them :) x

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    1. I know!! Stunning. They just wanted cuddles haha. I didn't want to leave.

      xo

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  6. Your posts always make me go 'awwwh, that's so cute'! Loved the little list of facts you put in there too. I once held a baby lamb and that was amazing! :)

    xxxxx

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    1. Aw haha I'm glad! Always like to learn something new so it's as much for my benefit as everyone else lol.
      Awww did you? Its amazing isn't it?

      xo

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  7. Sheep are totally awesome! I used to get to hang around with sheep in the summertime when I lived at home. My uncle is a farmer so I would often go over to the farm and hang with the cows, sheep and drive some tractors :) Sheep are lively things, and are surprisingly strong!

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    1. Ah you're so lucky!! My dream would be to be a farm girl! haha My Granda was a shepherd though, so I guess thats where the countryside side of things comes into play.

      xo

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  8. Great post! I Love Sheep, might be because I was born in the year of the Sheep haha! Xo Claire

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    1. Thank you!! Oh were you?! Thats so cool. I think I was the year of the horse?

      xo

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  9. Oh my goodness!! The baby sheep are soo adorable! The thought of them choosing a best friend just melts my heart!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. Aren't they?! I know, it's so sweet. It just makes you think how much they really are like us.

      xo

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  10. Sounds like an awesome day lambs and quad biking all in one day, I love your photos there always on point favourite one is the little lamb on its own :D

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    1. It really was. I'd never been on a quad before so getting to fly across fields feeding sheep on one was fantastic.
      I wish I'd managed to get better photos but these were taken on my old camera - which was broken - and I was too obsessed with just looking at them lol

      xo

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