Sheep and Lambs

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Sheep didn't begin to appear in the Ohio Country until shortly before statehood. Predators, especially wolves, and diseases were a problem for sheep raisers during the early days.

Recent Changes in Sheep Inventory (Count)

Facts

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Year Sheep
19471,100,000
19551,000,000
1965700,000
1975400,000
1985200,000
1995100,000

In 1992, approximately 4,000 farms had more than 185,000 sheep and lambs. The seven counties with the largest numbers were:

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County Number of Sheep
Muskingum8,144
Knox13,161
Licking5,271
Coshocton7,540
Harrison6,674
Ashland6,191
Seneca6,002