Heat Stress & Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch

The heat and humidity of summer can be some of the most stressful of times for the sheep and their shepherd, second only to the stresses of the lambing season. The most dangerous times are when the temperatures suddenly soar (with no gradual increase in temperature). This does not allow the sheep to adapt to progressively warmer weather. The danger comes when the temperatures stay in the 80-90-100 degree range, there is high humidity and it does not cool off at night.



This Small Town Hosts a Beauty Pageant Exclusively for Goats

By Heather Dockray

For decades, people have criticized women’s beauty pageants for being sexist, commercialized, and exploitative. But while human pageants have taken quite the beating, goat pageants—which, to clarify, are beauty pageants created for goats—have only risen in popularity. Just recently, the village of Ramygala, Lithuania hosted its annual, cutthroat, and competitive goat beauty pageant. Competition was stiff—seven goats competed in the beard competition alone—before the judges ultimately handed the crown to Marce, a “handsome dark goat.”  Many goats were gruff about the decision, but such is the nature of goats.