But inspired by his wife Elspeth, Howe destroyed the Prime Minister’s career with one of the deadliest political speeches ever made.

In 1989 a seemingly invincible Margaret Thatcher ruthlessly sacked Geoffrey Howe, her Foreign Secretary. She foolishly thought she had nothing to fear from her one-time friend and political ally. After all, his speaking skills had famously been compared to ‘being savaged by a dead sheep’!

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As with other domestic animals, the meat of uncastrated males is inferior in quality, especially as they grow. A "bucky" lamb is a lamb which was not castrated early enough, or which was castrated improperly (resulting in one testicle being retained). These lambs are worth less at market.[131][132][133]

In feral sheep, rams may fight during the rut to determine which individuals may mate with ewes. Rams, especially unfamiliar ones, will also fight outside the breeding period to establish dominance; rams can kill one another if allowed to mix freely.[25] During the rut, even usually friendly rams may become aggressive towards humans due to increases in their hormone levels.[7]

Jacob sheep originated in the Middle East and are believed to be the oldest breed in the world, being mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Genesis. The Moors brought them into the Iberian Peninsula from North Africa in the eighth century AD, and they were imported into the British Isles in Elizabethan times as an ornament to country house parks. Now established as a mainstream British breed, there are around 8,000 breeding sheep in this country with around 3,000 lambs registered annually.

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After mating, sheep have a gestation period of about five months,[77] and normal labor takes one to three hours.[78] Although some breeds regularly throw larger litters of lambs, most produce single or twin lambs.[7][79] During or soon after labor, ewes and lambs may be confined to small lambing jugs,[80] small pens designed to aid both careful observation of ewes and to cement the bond between them and their lambs.[16][25]

Farmers exploit flocking behavior to keep sheep together on unfenced pastures such as hill farming, and to move them more easily. For this purpose shepherds may use herding dogs in this effort, with a highly bred herding ability. Sheep are food-oriented, and association of humans with regular feeding often results in sheep soliciting people for food.[44] Those who are moving sheep may exploit this behavior by leading sheep with buckets of feed.[45][46]

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Shetland Sheep are very hardy, good milky mothers and easy lambers with the highest quality fine fleece, tasty, sweet meat and a gentle nature.

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Sheep are exclusively herbivorous mammals. Most breeds prefer to graze on grass and other short roughage, avoiding the taller woody parts of plants that goats readily consume.[31] Both sheep and goats use their lips and tongues to select parts of the plant that are easier to digest or higher in nutrition.[31] Sheep, however, graze well in monoculture pastures where most goats fare poorly.[31]

There are thought to be more sheep breeds in the UK than any other country in the world. The breeds listed here enjoy affiliation to the National Sheep Association. For more information about NSA breed society affiliation email enquiries@nationalsheep.org.uk.

In sheep, position in a moving flock is highly correlated with social dominance, but there is no definitive study to show consistent voluntary leadership by an individual sheep.[49]

Sheep are key symbols in fables and nursery rhymes like The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Little Bo Peep, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, and Mary Had a Little Lamb; novels such as George Orwell's Animal Farm and Haruki Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase; songs such as Bach's Sheep may safely graze (Schafe können sicher weiden) and Pink Floyd's Sheep, and poems like William Blake's "The Lamb".

Taste is the most important sense in sheep, establishing forage preferences, with sweet and sour plants being preferred and bitter plants being more commonly rejected. Touch and sight are also important in relation to specific plant characteristics, such as succulence and growth form.[67]

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This acclaimed witty new drama stars Spitting Image’s Steve Nallon as Margaret Thatcher, Paul Bradley (Holby City and Eastenders), Graham Seed (Nigel Pargetter in The Archers), Carol Royle as Elspbeth Howe (Life Without George, Heartbeat and Casualty), John Wark (Toast) and Christopher Villiers.


In regions where sheep have no natural predators, none of the native breeds of sheep exhibit a strong flocking behavior.[12]

As of 2008, the sheep genome has not been fully sequenced, although a detailed genetic map has been published,[136] and a draft version of the complete genome produced by assembling sheep DNA sequences using information given by the genomes of other mammals.[137] In 2012, a transgenic sheep named "Peng Peng" was cloned by Chinese scientists, who spliced his genes with that of a roundworm (C. elegans) in order to increase production of fats healthier for human consumption.[138]

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It has been reported that some sheep have apparently shown problem-solving abilities; a flock in West Yorkshire, England allegedly found a way to get over cattle grids by rolling on their backs, although documentation of this has relied on anecdotal accounts.[53]

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Flock behaviour in sheep is generally only exhibited in groups of four or more sheep; fewer sheep may not react as expected when alone or with few other sheep.[6] Being a prey species, the primary defense mechanism of sheep is to flee from danger when their flight zone is entered. Cornered sheep may charge and butt, or threaten by hoof stamping and adopting an aggressive posture. This is particularly true for ewes with newborn lambs.[6]

The ram uses his vomeronasal organ (sometimes called the Jacobson's organ) to sense the pheromones of ewes and detect when they are in estrus.[68] The ewe uses her vomeronasal organ for early recognition of her neonate lamb.[69]

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Sheep husbandry is practised throughout the majority of the inhabited world, and has been fundamental to many civilizations. In the modern era, Australia, New Zealand, the southern and central South American nations, and the British Isles are most closely associated with sheep production.

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