Sheep factsAnimals quiz
Where do wild merino sheep live?
Nowhere. Merinos have some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep. Merino need to be shorn at least once a year because their wool does not stop growing. If the coat is allowed to grow, it can cause heat stress, mobility issues, and blindness - therefore, a merino cannot live in the wild.
Which country is the leading producer of wool?
Australia is the leading producer of wool (25% of global production) which is mostly from Merino sheep. Other large producers of wool are New Zealand, China and the United States (mostly in Texas and New Mexico).
From which milk is feta cheese produced?
Sheep's milk. Since 2002, feta has been a protected designation of origin product in the European Union. According to the relevant EU legislation, only those cheeses produced in a traditional way in particular areas of Greece, which are made from sheep's milk, or from a mixture of sheep's and up to 30% of goat's milk from the same area, can be called feta.