Sheep are domesticated animals of the species Ovis aries kept in flocks mainly for their wool or meat.

Sheep (of all ages) are divided into:

  • Breeding females – which are female sheep (called ewes). These include:
    • ewes that have lambed (been bred from)
    • ewes and ewe lambs (kept) for breeding
    • cull ewes (unproductive ewes sent for slaughter)
  • Other sheep - all sheep other than breeding females.

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