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(Modern Farmer)   If a sheep is left unshorn, will its wool grow forever? Is that healthy? Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?   (modernfarmer.com) divider line 49
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2013-08-03 01:38:02 AM  
No.  I fark sheep on a regular basis (I am scottish) and I want to put this myth to rest.  The wool stops growing after a certain point.  It depends on the farmer.  Most of us wont let it get that long before we sample that sweet, sweet...
 
2013-08-03 01:59:52 AM  
There is a glitch in the mohair
risovach.ru
 
2013-08-03 03:39:59 AM  
Shorn

www.spinsagoodyarn.com

Unshorn

cdn.thenextweb.com
 
2013-08-03 04:02:33 AM  
I'm half Scottish, and I'm pretty sure I ended up with some Merino sheep DNA mixed in. If I don't "shear" myself every once in a while, my chest fur actually just keeps growing, like the hair on your head. Like, I could get dreadlocks on my chest

/TMYK
//TMI
 
2013-08-03 09:29:37 AM  
I keep tripping over my pubic hair.  Maybe I need some shorning.
 
2013-08-03 09:32:12 AM  

HotWingAgenda: I'm half Scottish, and I'm pretty sure I ended up with some Merino sheep DNA mixed in. If I don't "shear" myself every once in a while, my chest fur actually just keeps growing, like the hair on your head. Like, I could get dreadlocks on my chest

/TMYK
//TMI


Dude. I want hairy chest tentacles. That's awesome!
 
2013-08-03 09:36:43 AM  

HotWingAgenda: I'm half Scottish, and I'm pretty sure I ended up with some Merino sheep DNA mixed in. If I don't "shear" myself every once in a while, my chest fur actually just keeps growing, like the hair on your head. Like, I could get dreadlocks on my chest

/TMYK
//TMI


Stop, you're turning me on, and without pics, my mind is going wild.
 
2013-08-03 09:39:02 AM  
So, it has come to this.
 
2013-08-03 09:44:28 AM  
I want to subscribe to Modern Farmer just to have something hilarious on my coffee table.
 
2013-08-03 09:46:58 AM  
"Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?"

So I guess someone at Modern Farmer doesn't understand the difference between wild and domesticated. That's kind of sad.
 
2013-08-03 09:48:41 AM  
media.peopleofwalmart.com

Looks like she's running in second place.
 
2013-08-03 09:53:45 AM  
That's not a "glitch" in evolution, subby, it's what evolution is all about. Domestic sheep have become specialized in producing wool, because that's what they've been selected and bred for.

In other words, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
 
2013-08-03 09:58:05 AM  

Spanky McStupid: Looks like she's running in second place.


Where's the rest of Parliament?
 
2013-08-03 09:59:46 AM  
That does not look comfortable.
 
2013-08-03 10:00:28 AM  

MrHappyRotter: HotWingAgenda: I'm half Scottish, and I'm pretty sure I ended up with some Merino sheep DNA mixed in. If I don't "shear" myself every once in a while, my chest fur actually just keeps growing, like the hair on your head. Like, I could get dreadlocks on my chest

/TMYK
//TMI

Stop, you're turning me on, and without pics, my mind is going wild.


Shhh you might scare her off!
 
2013-08-03 10:01:21 AM  

mongbiohazard: "Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?"

So I guess someone at Modern Farmer doesn't understand the difference between wild and domesticated. That's kind of sad.


Or it was just a moderately strained segue to getting into the interview with the sheepologist at the University.

Honestly, the fact that they even asked the question rather than saying "Because Jesus" is refreshing to me.

/maybe I spend too much time on the politics tab.
 
2013-08-03 10:08:31 AM  
ZOMG!

What about chickens and cows?
 
2013-08-03 10:10:29 AM  

mrlewish: ZOMG!

What about chickens and cows?


You can shear them, but won't yield much wool.
 
2013-08-03 10:12:42 AM  

mongbiohazard: "Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?"

So I guess someone at Modern Farmer doesn't understand the difference between wild and domesticated. That's kind of sad.


It probably is because it sounds better if an "expert" says it than when some journalist says it. And the best way to get them to say it is by asking.
 
rpm
2013-08-03 10:16:26 AM  

mrlewish: ZOMG!

What about chickens and cows?


images1.wikia.nocookie.net


/hot like chicken soup
 
2013-08-03 10:36:24 AM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: mongbiohazard: "Is this a glitch in the (wooly) fabric of evolution?"

So I guess someone at Modern Farmer doesn't understand the difference between wild and domesticated. That's kind of sad.

Or it was just a moderately strained segue to getting into the interview with the sheepologist at the University.

Honestly, the fact that they even asked the question rather than saying "Because Jesus" is refreshing to me.

/maybe I spend too much time on the politics tab.


Yeah, I think you might. Those are some low, low expectations you have.
 
2013-08-03 10:49:48 AM  
Take a moment to drink in the glory of Shrek the Sheep. Shrek really, really, really did not like getting his hair cut. So for six years, this New Zealand libertarian managed to avoid spring shearings by hiding in a cave.

I think that's hilarious.
 
2013-08-03 11:01:28 AM  
Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.
 
2013-08-03 11:06:01 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.


You could argue they are intelligently designed :)
 
2013-08-03 11:16:32 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.


It is evolution. Those animals evolved over time. Evolution doesn't ask why. It just says that it happens. Of course, if you look at it a different way.  "Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host." (Host-parasite coevolution)  We are "super parasites" affecting the sheep's evolution.

/Or if you like, more like  Coevolution.
 
2013-08-03 11:21:38 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.


That is extreme selection, using evolutionary mechanics for our purposes. Domestication is applied evolution.
 
2013-08-03 11:29:29 AM  
HeartBurnKid * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-08-03 09:53:45 AM That's not a "glitch" in evolution, subby, it's what evolution is all about. Domestic sheep have become specialized in producing wool, because that's what they've been selected and bred for. In other words, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
===========================================

It's evolution by artificial selection not natural selection, essentially.

/It's like how we grow giant pumpkins every year, for instance.
 
2013-08-03 11:30:52 AM  

technoblogical: Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.

It is evolution. Those animals evolved over time. Evolution doesn't ask why. It just says that it happens. Of course, if you look at it a different way.  "Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host." (Host-parasite coevolution)  We are "super parasites" affecting the sheep's evolution.

/Or if you like, more like  Coevolution.


Eh, strictly speaking it's just artificial selection and not coevolution as that requires reciprocal changes (i.e. you gotta show that we're changing the sheep (yes) AND that sheep are changing us (I dunno bout that one)).
 
2013-08-03 11:32:55 AM  

jake3988: HeartBurnKid * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-08-03 09:53:45 AM That's not a "glitch" in evolution, subby, it's what evolution is all about. Domestic sheep have become specialized in producing wool, because that's what they've been selected and bred for. In other words, it's not a bug, it's a feature.
===========================================

It's evolution by artificial selection not natural selection, essentially.

/It's like how we grow giant pumpkins every year, for instance.


Or, intelligent design, if you will.
 
2013-08-03 11:52:24 AM  

starsrift: Or, intelligent design, if you will.


Eugenics really.

You only let the genetic traits you want carry on. Those you do not want are not allowed to breed.

/domesticating animals is literally Hitler.
 
2013-08-03 12:04:59 PM  
It is not intelligent design because human are doing it.
 
2013-08-03 01:01:58 PM  

efgeise: It is not intelligent design because human are doing it.


Are you saying humans are not intelligent? Or we are incapable of design?
 
2013-08-03 01:44:45 PM  
Sheep: Nature's tampons
 
2013-08-03 02:14:42 PM  
I wonder if the feral sheep of the subantarctic isles had the same problem.  If not, then how many generations did it take them to revert back to shedding?
 
2013-08-03 02:16:53 PM  
Not as big a glitch as that whole programmed death thing. Historically it has been difficult to have offspring after you are dead...especially in cases where you are long dead. If only you were alive, you could pump out more.
 
2013-08-03 02:33:02 PM  

zelachang: technoblogical: Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.

It is evolution. Those animals evolved over time. Evolution doesn't ask why. It just says that it happens. Of course, if you look at it a different way.  "Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host." (Host-parasite coevolution)  We are "super parasites" affecting the sheep's evolution.

/Or if you like, more like  Coevolution.

Eh, strictly speaking it's just artificial selection and not coevolution as that requires reciprocal changes (i.e. you gotta show that we're changing the sheep (yes) AND that sheep are changing us (I dunno bout that one)).


I think there is a pretty convincing argument for coevolution.  People are less hairy now than they were thousands of years ago because we now wear clothes made from domesticated species (wool, cotton, etc.).
 
2013-08-03 02:33:15 PM  
Wasn't thee a story a couple weeks ago about a long-lost sheep that was found living in a cave. Its wool overgrown and wild?
 
2013-08-03 02:36:17 PM  

technoblogical: Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.

It is evolution. Those animals evolved over time. Evolution doesn't ask why. It just says that it happens. Of course, if you look at it a different way.  "Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host." (Host-parasite coevolution)  We are "super parasites" affecting the sheep's evolution.

/Or if you like, more like  Coevolution.


Or Artificial Selection as Carl Sagan called it while referring to dogs. Youtube vid
 
2013-08-03 03:12:21 PM  

HotWingAgenda: I'm half Scottish, and I'm pretty sure I ended up with some Merino sheep DNA mixed in. If I don't "shear" myself every once in a while, my chest fur actually just keeps growing, like the hair on your head. Like, I could get dreadlocks on my chest

/TMYK
//TMI


Brother is that you?
 
2013-08-03 06:05:34 PM  
 We need to stem this tide of wooly thinking...
 
2013-08-03 06:43:32 PM  
They should have renamed it Rand al'Thor for being such a woolhead
 
2013-08-03 07:35:05 PM  
Easy answer. Name one animal that has hair follicles that magically stop spitting out a hair because it can sense the length of it and then start up again if cut.
 
2013-08-03 07:35:30 PM  

Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.


Evolution is simply "change" within a species in response to changes in conditions.  Selective breeding is a contrived type of evolution (where human beings are the instruments of change instead of nature), but is not mutually exclusive of evolution.
 
2013-08-03 07:42:08 PM  
Looks like the sheep equivalent of unkempt dreadlocks. I bet Shrek the Sheep was just going through a rasta phase.
 
2013-08-03 08:34:11 PM  
RogermcAllen:
I think there is a pretty convincing argument for coevolution.  People are less hairy now than they were thousands of years ago because we now wear clothes made from domesticated species (wool, cotton, etc.).

...about that....

i.imgur.comi.imgur.com
 
2013-08-04 07:14:15 AM  
Are there potential health issues?

Being eaten?
 
2013-08-04 08:47:12 AM  

efgeise: It is not intelligent design because human are doing it.


Heh. :D
 
2013-08-04 11:49:46 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: Evolution has nothing to do with it.  The plants and animals we use today are a result of selective breeding.  Mankind has been tampering with genetics for millennia.


Selective breeding is evolution in action.
 
2013-08-04 02:34:47 PM  
Breathtaking.
 
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