Did you know?
You've probably heard that wool "doesn't stink." That's because it is naturally anti-microbial, which helps reduce stinky bacterial growth in garments. It's also Natural and renewable.
Wool is biodegradable. If used in the garden, it breaks down slowly, fertilizing the plants with a generous nitrogen content of a whopping 17 percent compared with the 6 percent nitrogen in commercial turf products and it is water-retentive.
Most sheep are shorn annually to:
Harvest the fiber at the appropriate length for spinning into yarn
Prevent buildup of manure and urine that can lead to parasitic infection
Allow adequate wool regrowth to improve the sheep’s ability to control its body temperature during extreme heat and cold conditions.
Create a clean environment for newborn lambs.
Surprisingly , Sheep have rectangular pupils that give them amazing peripheral vision – it’s estimated their field of vision is between 270 and 360 degrees; humans average about 155 degrees. These are great assets when you’re a prey animal. It’s like surround sound for the eyes.
Sheep on the White House lawn
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison all raised sheep. In fact, Madison was sworn in wearing a coat spun from his sheep’s wool. Woodrow Wilson kept a flock at the White House during World War I to keep the grass trimmed as a cost-cutting measure and to show support for the war effort.