A while back, I did an ag lesson for the day on here and I am thinking another one is long over due. However, in stead of me simply teaching you about agriculture, it turns out that this was an ag lesson I had to learn myself. I have a feeling there will be many more of the lessons in the days and months to come in the countryside.
When I first got here, we were in the car with my supervisors and passing some livestock on the side of the road, one of them made the comment of not being sure if it was a goat or sheep. I immediately thought, “Oh, please tell me I didn’t travel across the world to work with someone on a goat project that doesn’t know the difference between a goat and a sheep. This can not be happening.” Little did I know, around these parts there truly is very little difference between a goat and a sheep. The sheep here look nothing like any lamb I ever saw at home or in any pictures for that matter. For the most part, the only difference between a goat and a sheep here is their tails. Goat tails stick up, sheep tails hang down. Other than that, they are more are less the same color patterns, have similar hair coats, can have horns or not, and for all general purposes look alike. I’m going to have to assume that there was some crossbreeding going on a couple centuries back.
This is a sheep....
....and these are goats.
Oh, and just for the record, both of them are pretty ugly!