Cheviot Sheep

 

Residents keep asking, “Why sheep”?  In 1814 a Scottish immigrant named John Craig purchased a half section of 320 acres of Green Township from Elias Boudinot. He built an inn and tavern on the Harrison Pike. In 1818 Craig laid out a village which he named after the Cheviot Hills in southern Scotland.

The Cheviot is a breed of white-faced sheep which gets its name from a range of hills in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.  The Cheviot is a dual-purpose breed, being raised primarily for its wool and meat.

If you would like to order a sheep, stop up at City Hall for an order form.  Open Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fun Facts about Sheep:

  • The female sheep are called ewes, males are called rams, and young sheep are called lambs.
  • Sheep do not have teeth in their upper front jaw.
  • Sheep have poor eyesight, but have excellent hearing.
  • Milk from sheep is often used to make gourmet cheese.
  • Ewes often give birth to twins.
  • After birth, healthy lambs can stand immediately, within minutes, and join the herd.
  • A sheep only has eight teeth, which it grows two a year.
  • Sheep cannot get up when they are lying on their back and need help getting up.
  • Because of a split in its upper lip, a sheep is able to pick the preferred leaves off the plant.