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July 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday granted a week's reprieve to 355 sheep that may carry a version of the always-fatal mad cow disease. Lawyers for the owners of two flocks of sheep asked Judge J. Garvan Murtha to halt the Department of Agriculture's plan to destroy the sheep on the suspicion that they might spread the disease in the United States. The USDA seized a flock of 21 sheep from a third farmer Friday. The owner voluntarily sold the sheep, which will be destroyed.
There are a few things you may not know about sheep. If you shave their bellies, they seem taller. Hair spray keeps them looking good throughout a contest. And every time you shampoo them, you have to clip their wool again. Those were the grooming tips circulating at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Tuesday as sheep ranchers prepared for the evening's livestock judging.
February 21, 1987 | REGINALD SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 200 sheep grazing in the rugged Santa Susana Mountains above Chatsworth fell 200 feet to their deaths Friday morning after being chased off a cliff by two dogs, authorities said. All but two of the sheep died instantly. Those two were so badly injured that authorities decided to inject them with a lethal dose of barbiturates, according to Tom Walsh, supervisor in the city Animal Regulation Department's West Valley district.
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.
June 10, 1987 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
The sponsor of a controversial restriction on lamb imports in the Senate's pending trade bill owns stock in a family ranch that has more than 6,000 sheep, it was learned Tuesday. Senate records show that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) derives income from the ranch outside Helena, Mont., but he did not mention it to Finance Committee colleagues when his lamb amendment was adopted last month, 11 to 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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