Farm Focus: Sheep
Do you know the difference between a lamb and a ram? A ewe is a female sheep, a ram is a male sheep. A lamb is a sheep younger than 14 months old, and wool is the fiber made from the fleece of sheep. Learn more fun facts about sheep and Illinois’ sheep sector:
Illinois livestock farmers care for and raise about 56,000 sheep and lambs annually. This includes about 48,000 lambs.
Illinois produces more than 300,000 pounds of wool each year with a total production value of around $200,000.