Count­ing sheep

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

❍ There are some 16,000 breed­ing ewes in the UK and the av­er­age flock size is 175 head

❍ Train­ing a sheep­dog will take some two years. You can buy them ready trained, but at a cost of thou­sands of pounds

❍ Shep­herds are con­sid­ered ap­pren­tices for about the first 40 years of their ca­reers and will be re­ferred to as a ‘boy’ or a ‘lass’

❍ Shep­herd­ing is one of the world’s old­est oc­cu­pa­tions, hav­ing orig­i­nated in Asia Mi­nor (present-day Turkey) some 5,000 years ago

❍ Al­though com­monly thought to be un­in­tel­li­gent, sheep are ca­pa­ble of recog­nis­ing 50 dif­fer­ent faces and re­mem­ber­ing them for two years, ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists

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