Tuesday, April 08, 2003

march of progress [NSU]
American farmers are breeding wool-free sheep to bring down the cost of meat production. Called hair sheep, the almost-bald animals don't need shearing, in contrast with parasite-prone woolly sheep....

They hope that US farmers will choose their low-maintenance hybrid over the woolly breeds from Australia and New Zealand. "The primary advantage is decreased cost and labour for the ewe flock," says Leymaster.

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