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whimsystoryteller, I have seen this for myself here in the Midwest.  An uncle who was a Missouri hog farmer decided to try something new--a real moneymaker.  He bought some type of special English sheep that produce the most expensive wool.  They didn't even look like the sheep that I've seen before.  Their wool was dark grey and their bodies were total fleece balls with very skinny legs and a long thin face.  My uncle and his wife did this sheep thing for about five years and spent most of the time flipping sheep and birthing the babies.  Sheep are very helpless critters.   He gave it up when he began to show signs of Alzheimer's disease and couldn't remember how to take care of them right.

posted by TAPS. on November 28, 2006 at 5:41 PM | link to this | reply

I doubted you Whimsy.....thought you were playing with

a spin off of cow-tipping..............Until I found this

The typical staff that shepherds carry is crooked -- it has a hooked end -- and is called a crook for that reason. It is a necessary tool for "sheep-flipping" -- helping a thick-fleeced animal get up once it has fallen; otherwise it might die.

posted by Corbin_Dallas on November 28, 2006 at 5:24 PM | link to this | reply

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