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Lecture 10

ANSC 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Estrous Cycle

Animal Science
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ANSC 101

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ANSC 101: Lecture 10: Sheep and Goats
Sheep and Goats
- Among the earliest animals to be domesticated (first dairy animals) 6,000 to 7,000 BC
- Multi-purpose: meat, milk, fiber, skins, fur, manure, research, vegetation control
- Classified as small ruminants (4-part stomach)
Are sheep and goats the same?
- Sheep and goats are often not differentiated from one another
- Statistics are often combined
- They have many similarities, and many differences.
- Polled (don’t have horns)
- Horns are more curvy when they have them
- Sometimes have a mane
- Split upper lip
- Face or tear glands
- Foot or scent glands between toes.
- Deposit fat externally
- Heavier muscled
- Faster growing
- Most goats have horns
- Horns are straighter and narrower
- Sometimes have a beard
- More agile
- Deposit fat internally
- Lighter muscled
- Slower grows
Goat tails go up, sheep tails go down.
Sheep behavior
- Distance and aloof
- Easily spooked
- Stronger herding instinct
- Grazer, and graze close to the soil surface
- Prefer short tender grass
- Rams charge
Goat behavior
- Curious and independent
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