|A couple of sheep at the New York State Fair|
When I stopped into the goat/sheep barn at the New York State Fair, I talked to sheep owner Cheryl Saxton of Ava, Oneida County. I asked her what 'One Thing' she would like the public to know about sheep.
|Another State Fair sheep|
There are about 15 to 20 different sheep breeds on display at the state fair and many of them competed in the sheep shows earlier this week.
Of course, sheep are known for being sheared and their fleece being used to make wool fiber. Some also are used for meat and young sheep, called lambs, also are used as a well-known meat product.
Wool production in New York state increased from 2011 to 2012, from 210,000 pounds to 220,000 pounds. There were 70,000 sheep in the state on Jan. 1, 2013, up 13 percent from the 62,000 head a year before.
A total of 45,000 lambs were born in New York state in 2012.