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August 29, 1985 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
Abdel Hamid woke before dawn, lit his first cigarette of the day and moved his children's bikes into the far corner of the stairwell so the blood would not spatter them. Then, with another cigarette dangling from his lips, he sharpened his knives, kneeled over the struggling animal below him and heeded the words of the Koran: "We have given you a river in heaven, so pray to your God and sacrifice."
April 16, 1987 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
A sheep dog leaped across a band of ewes bottled up at a paddock ramp leading into a huge stock truck. Barking incessantly, the dog nipped at the newly shorn sheep to force them up the ramp. "Good dog! Good Babe!" shouted red-headed sheep farmer Brian Oliver, 38, moving 1,000 ewes from his high country ranch near Tongario National Park to another farm. Sheep are everywhere in this island nation. New Zealand has 20 times as many sheep as people--67 million versus 3.3 million.
It wasn't exactly like Pamplona's running of the bulls, it was more like the ambling of the sheep Friday morning in Costa Mesa as 100 of them sauntered down Fairview Road on their way to the Orange County Fair and their barber. A Scottish band of four bagpipers and four drummers led the march while Oak, Joy and Sis--border collies from a San Pasqual training facility in Central California--herded the sheep to the fairgrounds from Orange Coast College.
December 6, 1987 | MATT MYGATT, Associated Press
Moo moo black sheep have you any wool? No sir, no sir, because I'm a cow. Or at least I think I am. Blame the confusion on scientists. Dean Anderson and Clarence Hulet are trying to make lambs think cows are their parents. They have a good reason for trying to behaviorally bond lambs to cattle. They are hoping the hefty elders will guard their foster children against attacks from coyotes.
June 8, 2008 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Over thousands of years of evolution, sheep, cattle and other cud chewers developed a nasty habit. They burp and break wind a lot. That gives New Zealand a distressing gas problem. The country's 4 million people share two islands in the South Pacific with 40 million sheep, 9 million beef and dairy cattle and more than a million farmed deer, all producing the methane that many climate scientists say is one of the worst culprits behind global warming. It may be a small country on the edge of the world, but New Zealand has big ambitions in the fight against climate change.
One look at Eve's nearly translucent pink ears, clear gray eyes and nubby cream wool and the adoption starts to make sense. By the time the flirtatious 3-week-old lamb nuzzles her hand and issues a bleat like gurgling water, Pat Hopkins is reaching for a coffee can full of caramel-colored grain pellets. "The paper said they're going to kill them all. I said, 'I can't let that happen. I have to preserve them,' " said Hopkins, 54. " 'I have the room. I know how to take care of them.
May 20, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
It was tough enough on students at Canoga Park High School this week when the teachers struck. Then the rustlers struck. Thieves entered the locked agriculture class compound at the edge of the Topanga Canyon Boulevard campus and stole Daffodil, a full-grown sheep being raised as a San Fernando Valley Fair project by 16-year-old Danny Wahl. The heist may have involved a hoist: Officials said the 150-pound ewe was mysteriously lifted out of a fenced pen that was secured by a padlock with a combination known only to agriculture students.
January 24, 1988 | MILAN RUZICKA, Associated Press
The modern world whizzes by, but the only heed Louis Gorez pays to it is an occasional wave--for what he does every day of every year goes back to the beginning of time. He is a shepherd, the last of his kind in Belgium. Gorez figures that he has walked more than 130,000 miles in the 45 years he has tended sheep 20 miles outside bustling Brussels, never with a vacation or a day off. At 64, he still puts in 10 miles a day and has no thought of retiring.
In response to a swirling controversy over dust clouds in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has proposed prohibiting sheep grazing and land tilling in some parts of the desert region. Increasingly in recent years, thick, blowing dirt and sand has forced homeowners across the valley to seal their windows, scoop mud out of their swimming pools daily and replace pitted windshields.
April 27, 1985 | LARRY B. STAMMER, Times Staff Writer
Faced with an upsurge in mountain lion attacks on sheep, the California Fish and Game Commission on Friday invoked a loophole in the state's 14-year-old moratorium on lion hunting and ordered the random killing of five of the big cats in Placer County. The hunt, to be conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service animal control officers, is expected to begin almost immediately.
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