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The Scottish Blackface Registry in the USA
The Scottish Blackface Breeders Association
Mr. Dick Harward
1699 H H Hwy., Willow Springs, MO 65793
Tel / Fax 01764 683746
Mobile 07768 820405
Traditional Sheep Language
A young sheep that is not yet weened. This means that it is still feeding from its mother.
A young sheep that has finished weening.
A female sheep.
A young female sheep that has finished weening.
This word is derived from the word 'shearing' which means 'clipping', the process of cutting the wool from the sheep. It describes a sheep which has been sheared once. Sheep are not sheared in their first year so a shearling really describes a two-year-old sheep.
'Gimmer' means female and 'shearling' means a two-year-old sheep. So a gimmer shearling is a two-year-old female sheep. Since sheep usually give birth to their first lambs when they are two years old they usually have their first lambs when they are gimmer shearlings.
A female sheep that has given birth to 2 sets of lambs (or more). Usually a sheep is 2 years old when it gives birth to its first set of lambs and 3 years old when it gives birth to its second set of lambs. So a sheep usually becomes a ewe when it is 3 years old.
A castrated male sheep.
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