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There can be a few key differences between ewes and sheep, but at their core they are both mammals of the family Bovidae. Ewes are slightly taller than sheep, have shorter horns and a more pointed face. They also have thicker fur on their tails, shoulders, chest and neck – essential for keeping them warm in wintertime. Sheep are heavier animals than ewes, with rounder bodies and larger heads. Their fleece is typically much finer than that of an ewe’s wool – perfect for use in high-quality fabrics like tweed.
Sheep are able to thrive on low-quality grasses and shrubs (as opposed to cows, which require high-quality forage) making them well suited to New Zealand’s diverse landscape. The country also has significant areas of wolf-, cat-, and deer-free wilderness, ideal habitat for grazing sheep without risk of predation. In addition, domestic sheep don’t compete with native wildlife for food or resources; they instead consume plants that would otherwise die from overgraze
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