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Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep (It's a wool thing)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Reuters

Posted on 08/15/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks.

A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) wool industry.

The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibers, clumps of wool that fall out, bare patches, no wool, or highly wrinkled skin -- are usually culled by farmers.

"Before sending them to the abattoir, we'd like farmers to talk to us first, because studying animals with extreme features offers one of the most efficient ways to find good genes that can impact on certain wool traits," said project leader Simon Bawden.

"It might seem a paradox that ugly wool may be good, but when looking through a genetic profile, the random genetic mistakes act like a flag, speeding up our search to finding genes critical to wool formation and synthesis," Bawden told reporters

The institute hopes to the DNA study will lead to improvements in Australia's merino wool, making it stretchier, less scratchy, shinier and easier to spin, and better able to compete against synthetic fibers.

So far only 10 ugly sheep have been found this lambing season, which stretches from April to September, when statistically there could be hundreds, said the institute.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australian; farmers; merino; sheep; ugly; wool

Sheep and lambs are seen west of Sydney in this July 13, 2005 file photo. Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne


1 posted on 08/15/2006 9:22:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

There's a joke in here....something about too much beer and waking up...


2 posted on 08/15/2006 9:25:01 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Cable News new slogan: Now running only one week behind the blogs!)
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To: NormsRevenge

baaaaaaaaaad! baaaaaaaaaaad!


3 posted on 08/15/2006 9:25:04 PM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: NormsRevenge

cough cough lol cough


4 posted on 08/15/2006 9:25:07 PM PDT by patton (LGOPs = head toward the noise, kill anyone not dressed like you.)
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To: NormsRevenge
How about ugly pigs??


5 posted on 08/15/2006 9:25:20 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: NormsRevenge

"Hello!?!"

"Yes?"

"I'd like to report an ugly sheep sitting on your front porch."

"I'm sorry, I don't raise sheep."

"Yeah, but that doesn't change the fact that you got an ugly sheep on your front porch."

"Hold on... Hey, that's my wife!!! Who is this? I'm going to get you for this!!!"

*click* *dial tone*


6 posted on 08/15/2006 9:31:12 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Uriah_lost

The untold origin of "virgin wool"?


7 posted on 08/15/2006 9:31:36 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: coconutt2000

you used to watch Monty Python too, Huh? :-]


8 posted on 08/15/2006 9:32:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like SARDI needs a good dose of SENSITIVITY training!


9 posted on 08/15/2006 9:41:34 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

Doesn't every FReeper?


10 posted on 08/15/2006 9:42:01 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: patton
Semi off color joke warning....DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO SUCH THINGS!!!




Ok here goes,
A tourist wants to get a "genuine" experience while visiting a station(ranch) in Australia. He convinces the hands to take him out overnight to sit with a flock.

As night falls, the beer flows and the tourist asks if it's true that people have "relations" with the sheep out here. One of the hands says "sure, it gets lonely out here and sometimes a sheep can get you by"

A little more beer flows and the tourist says he'd like to try it.
The hands exchange looks and tell him to have a go.
The tourist looks nervous and asks how to go about it.

The hand says, "find one that looks good to you, walk up to her and take her over behind that scrub brush over there, grab her hind legs and stick them in your boots."
"That's it?" asks the visitor.
The hand looks at his mates and they all nod. The tourist follows their instructions .....

A few minutes later he's walking back to the camp and he can here the hands laughing it up.
"you tricked me!" he says, red faced.
"no trick mate" the hand protests.
"then what are you laughing at?"
The hands all start laughing again.


One of the hands manages to choke out between peels of laughter,



"You picked the ugliest one!!!"
11 posted on 08/15/2006 9:50:25 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Cable News new slogan: Now running only one week behind the blogs!)
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To: Uriah_lost

wasn't stump broke, mate?


12 posted on 08/15/2006 9:52:49 PM PDT by patton (LGOPs = head toward the noise, kill anyone not dressed like you.)
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To: coconutt2000

LOL.. Good point.


13 posted on 08/15/2006 9:55:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks."

...to inform them that they do NOT need to be diapered like regular cute sheep, which cause Muslim males in the outback to become sexually aroused.

It is against sharia law to have undiapered sheep and goats in many Islamic countries,(including shia controled areas in Iraq) the penalty for keeping undiapered goats and sheep is death. It's the least Australians can do to respect the Islamic culture- Diaper your sheep! (unless they are ugly)

14 posted on 08/15/2006 10:17:17 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: tomzz; NormsRevenge

15 posted on 08/15/2006 10:21:55 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: McGruff; leadpenny

Sure there is a Fred Imus joke here somewhere!!!!


16 posted on 08/15/2006 10:23:41 PM PDT by Springman (9-11-06, what will happen?)
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To: Springman; McGruff

If it weren't for sheep, ugly or otherwise, Fred wouldn't have a social life.


17 posted on 08/16/2006 1:59:31 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: NormsRevenge; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Baaaaa, humbug.


18 posted on 08/16/2006 4:14:50 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Visit www.greenhelmetguy.com! We'll put a corpse on the rubble for you.)
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To: leadpenny

Are you saying Fred has relations with his sheep?


19 posted on 08/16/2006 5:19:53 AM PDT by JRochelle
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To: JRochelle

Sort of like asking me if I've stopped beating my wife.
There is no right answer.


20 posted on 08/16/2006 5:29:49 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Uriah_lost
Are the Aussies concerned about the sheep being ugly from the front or the back?
21 posted on 08/16/2006 6:03:56 AM PDT by American Vet Repairman (Liberalism has killed more Americans than the Taliban)
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To: NormsRevenge
Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep

[cue Minnie Riperton]

Lovin' ewe is easy cause ewe're beautiful
Makin' love with ewe is all I wanna do
Lovin' ewe is more than just a dream come true
And everything that I do is out of lovin' ewe
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la la la
Do do do do do...
Ooooooooh.

No one else can make me feel
The colors that ewe bring
Stay with me while we grow old
And we will live each day in springtime

Cause lovin' ewe has made my life so beautiful
And every day my life is filled with lovin' ewe
Lovin' ewe I see ewe's soul come shinin' through
And every time that we oooooh
I'm more in love with ewe
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la la la la
Do do do do do...
Ooooooooh.

22 posted on 08/16/2006 6:10:07 AM PDT by RichInOC (...oops, did I sing that out loud? Bad Rich. BAD Rich.)
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To: NormsRevenge

[cue the Flamingos]

My love must be a kind of blind love...
I can't see anyone but ewe...

(doowopshoowop...doowopshoowop...)

Are the stars out tonight?
I can't tell if it's cloudy or bright...
I only have eyes...for ewe...dear...

The moon may be high
But I can't see a thing in the sky
I only have eyes...for ewe...

I can't tell if we're in a garden
Or on a crowded avenue...

Ewe are here and so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes...
For ewe....


23 posted on 08/16/2006 6:12:11 AM PDT by RichInOC (...doowopshoowop...doowopshoowop...doowopshoowop...doowopshoowop...)
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