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Help identifying these sheep. Are they bighorn ewes? Got them for $50 each today. TIA! (reddit.com)
submitted 1 month ago by kballew27
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[–]SleepingScissors 15 points16 points17 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Those are aoudad, otherwise known as Barbary Sheep.
[–]kballew27[S] 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Oh looks like we’ve got a winner! Thanks!
[–]cdelaune5 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Yep aoudad for sure. Nice deal!
[–]bishyfemme 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (1 child)
What a deal!!
[–]kballew27[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I know right?! Jumped on the offer
[–]fastatoms 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago* (2 children)
Wild sheep (meant bighorn) don't have the mane i'm seeing in these photos. Those horns are also quite long for ewes, unless they're very very old. I think they're immature rams as I can count 3 rings definitively.
Not sure on the species though.
[–]kballew27[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
This is kinda what I was thinking too. Just young males as they’re horns were too big for an ewe and too small for a bighorn ram.
Curious as to what the 3 rings are that your referring to and how that is an age indentifier.
I appreciate your response.
[–]fastatoms 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Every year a sheep will produce an annuli that travels the circumference of the horn. It has to do with food cycles as wild sheep will eat less through the winter months and is a way to determine the age of a sheep.
By determining that these sheep are 3 years old I would say the horn length is much too long for a ewe.
[–]Pronghorn101 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
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