The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Sheep.
The Facts: The female sheep are called ewes, males are called rams and young sheep are called lambs.
- The oldest organized industry is raising sheep.
- May 7th is National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
- Lamb producers are scattered all across America, but the vast majority of flocks inhabit the Western Rangelands.
- American sheep production peaked during the 1940s and 1950s at more than 55 million sheep.
- Nebraska isn’t one of the country’s biggest sheep-producing states. The top five biggest sheep producing states are Texas, California, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota.
- American sheep produce milk, wool, and mutton or lamb meat.
- There’s no “typical” lamb flock: farm flocks can start at 50, but large operations go all the way up to 10,000.
- Sheep are exclusively herbivores; they eat a range of grasses, legumes, and forbs.
- The average weight of a market lamb is 134 pounds.
- A rack roast typically has 8 rib bones in it.
- An American lamb rack weighs approximately 1-1/2 to 2 pounds.
- The average American eats less than a pound of lamb a year! That’s in comparison to an average of 85 pounds of beef, annually, per person.