Where I live in Wales the joke is that there are more sheep than people living here. But that is not true at all, but in these ten countries you are about to read about it is not only true, it is also to the point that people are vastly outnumbered…
The Ten Countries Where Sheep Outnumber People
10 – Libya (Sheep Per Human: 1.5)
Sheep Facts: While there are over 1 billion sheep in the world it is a number that is growing smaller every year due to the difficulties in raising and farming sheep.
9 – Somalia (Sheep Per Human: 2)
Sheep Facts: China has the largest number of sheep in the world. But due to it also having one of the largest populations in the world it doesn’t make this list.
8 – Mauritania (Sheep Per Human: 2)
Sheep Facts: Adult female sheep are known as ewes and adult male sheep are known as rams. They are also called other names all over the world, far too many to name here.
7 – Iceland (Sheep Per Human: 3)
Sheep Facts: Castrated adult male sheep are known as wethers. While wethers are less aggressive than rams they are still best avoided in open fields where they might get a good run up at you.
6 – Namibia (Sheep Per Human: 5)
Sheep Facts: A group of sheep is known as a herd, flock or mob. But an even larger group of sheep are called bands. Not like the rock variety.
5 – Uruguay (Sheep Per Human: 7)
Sheep Facts: Young sheep are called lambs which are a term used to describe the flesh eaten as food. The meat from a sheep that is older than 12 months is called mutton.
4 – Mongolia (Sheep Per Human: 8)
Sheep Facts: Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head!
3 – Australia (Sheep Per Human: 10)
Sheep Facts: Sheep are herbivores that eat vegetation such as grass. The digestive system of sheep features four chambers which help break down what they eat making them capable of eating even the toughest of grass.
2 – New Zealand (Sheep Per Human: 20)
Sheep Facts: Sheep like to stay close to others in a herd which makes them easier to move together to new pastures. When raised as pets they will often become very emotionally attached to their human owners.
1 – Falkland Islands (Sheep Per Human: 368)
Sheep Facts: Before the 1982 conflict sheep farming here was by far the dominant industry. Now though, the offshore fishing industry, an expanding tourism trade and a vibrant private sector contribute to the Islands economy.