University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Husker researcher building database to help farmers breed hardier sheep

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Husker researcher building database to help farmers breed hardier sheep. “The project, funded by a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will develop a database of traits for robustness and climatic resilience. Researchers will assemble current and additional genetic data, as well as performance records, for several major U.S. sheep breeds: Katahdin, Polypay, Rambouillet and Suffolk.”

NPR: 700 sheep and goats were arranged in the shape of a syringe to encourage vaccinations

NPR: 700 sheep and goats were arranged in the shape of a syringe to encourage vaccinations. “Tasty bits of bread did the trick for about 700 sheep and goats to join Germany’s drive to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The animals were arranged on Monday into the shape of a roughly 330-foot syringe in a field at Schneverdingen, south of Hamburg. Shepherd Wiebke Schmidt-Kochan spent several days practicing with her animals, news agency dpa reported.”

BBC: Australian farmer draws heart with sheep in tribute to aunt

BBC: Australian farmer draws heart with sheep in tribute to aunt. “Like so many families separated during the pandemic, Ben Jackson wasn’t able to say goodbye to a loved one. The Australian farmer was 400km (248 miles) away in New South Wales when his Aunt Debby lost her two-year cancer battle in Queensland. Restrictions forbade him from travelling to Brisbane to attend her funeral. So he turned instead to his own sheep and pasture to show his love, laying out grain in the shape of a heart.”

New Zealand Herland: Google ‘confirms’ All New Zealanders are sheep shaggers

New Zealand Herald: Google ‘confirms’ All New Zealanders are sheep shaggers. I beg your pardon for the language in this excerpt. “It remains the Aussies’ favourite putdown for Kiwis – and now Google says it’s true: us Kiwis are all sheep-shaggers. The question was posed by a Reddit user: ‘Do New Zealanders f**k sheep?’ Unsure of our sexual habits, Reddit user StackableGoats’ decided to ask Google for the answer. And Google had a surprising response.”

Faroe Islanders Get Tired of Waiting for Google Street View, Create Sheep View

The residents of the Faroe Islands got tired of waiting for Google Street View to come map their country. So they started Sheep View. “With the help of a local shepherd and a specially built harness built by a fellow islander, Durita Dahl Andreassen of Visit Faroe Islands has fitted five of the island’s sheep with a 360-degree camera.” I encourage you to watch the video embedded in the article – what a beautiful country!

Database of Idaho Arborglyphs

New-to-Me, thanks to the person on Facebook who mentioned it (Facebook is horrible to search, sing out and I’ll give you a hat tip) – an Arborglyph database. Basque sheepherders in Idaho carved their initials and other information into trees, mostly on aspens. They’re being mapped, photographed, and cataloged. Fascinating!

Google Sheep View

OH THE SILLY: Google Sheep View. “Google Sheep View is an amusing project by Ding Ren and Michael Karabinos that collects photos of sheep from Google Street View. The project also accepts submissions.” I had a dream four or five years ago that Google was handing out towels with cameras in them to fitness centers, so they could have Google Streak View.