I have been raising sheep ever since I can remember. I have recently been researching the history of sheep to help the kids better understand where sheep came from. I wasn’t expecting to learn that sheep had been smuggled into this country. Enjoy these Tuesday EWESday fun facts about where sheep came from.
Sheep were domesticated 10,000 years ago in Central Asia.
Sheep production began during biblical times.
Raising sheep is the oldest organized industry.
There are over 40 breeds of sheep in the U.S. and approximately 900
different breeds around the world.
Sheep were smuggled into the states during the 16th and 17 centuries
to develop the wool industry.
Along with goats sheep were first brought to America by Columbus
The Navajo Churro is the oldest breed of sheep in the U.S.
By 1698, America was exporting wool.