Interesting Differences between Sheep and Goats


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There are lot of differences between sheep and goats even though anatomically they are quite similar and called small ruminants, they do not share the same genus. The sheep belong to the Ovis aries while the Goats are Capra Hircus.
Here are a couple of other interesting differences between the sheep and the goat.

S/N Sheep Goat
1 The Sheep has 54 chromosomes. The Goat has 60 chromosomes.
2 Sheep are technically grazers, meaning they prefer munching grass low to the ground. Goats, on the other hand, are known as browsers, meaning they often choose to select leaves, shrubs, vines, and weeds, often found at the tops of plants, higher off the ground.
3 Sheep have an overall better resistance to pasture parasites because they have evolved eating close to the ground, putting them in close contact with roundworms, tapeworms, and the like. Goats, in contrast, developed eating off the ground. With less contact with parasites in manure on the ground, goats have a less developed natural ability to resist parasitic infections.

Note: - Goats overall are more susceptible to devastating parasitic infections than sheep if forced to graze directly off the ground.
4 Sheep adhere tightly to flock mentality and can appear aloof to humans. Goats tend to be much more independent and curious than sheep.
5 A sheep tail hangs down A goat’s tail is frequently held up vertically

In conclusion, sheep and goats have quite a number of similarities and unique differences but they also share a number of diseases such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, respiratory disease, bacterial foot disease, and diarrheal diseases.

Are there any other interesting diseases that you’re aware off and was not mentioned in this article? Kindly list them below.