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(Reykjavik Grapevine (Iceland))   Icelandic farmers are now 50% lonelier   (grapevine.is) divider line
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2020-05-16 5:15:44 PM  
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2020-05-16 5:30:19 PM  
from the article: "The population of sheep in Iceland is the lowest it has been in forty years, according to Bændablaðið. The number of sheep is down by just over 50% since 1980. At the same time, the cattle population has risen by over 35%:"

New Zealand, once famous for having 10x as many sheep as people, had it's cattle population surpass it's sheep population somewhere around the 1990s. Cows being a better profit margin.

And, no, we're NOT sheep shaggers.....

** sheep walks by **

"How YOU doin'."
 
2020-05-16 6:38:11 PM  
My grandfather used to herd sheep through the San Agustín Plains (where the Jansky Very Large Array is now) and on to Socorro, NM. The grasses through there used to be hip-high. My grandfather and his brothers would lead with horses and mark a path for the sheep to follow.

Then the cattle ranchers came in the 40s and their cows would destroy entire fields. Large cattle herds are terrible for an ecosystem. The grasses there get maybe a foot high now with a good monsoon season. Sheep don't do well in fields that have been destroyed by cattle. I don't know how Iceland runs their farms, but I can imagine what may be happening to their fields if they're allowed open grazing.
 
2020-05-16 7:48:49 PM  
The number of sheep is down by just over 50% since 1980. At the same time, the cattle population has risen by over 35% over the last forty years. It is unclear why.
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2020-05-16 8:55:34 PM  
Glad to see that Scotland sheep are still increasing. Otherwise there would be mass suicide
 
2020-05-16 10:06:43 PM  

cman: Glad to see that Scotland sheep are still increasing. Otherwise there would be mass suicide


Maaaaaaaaaaass suicide.
 
2020-05-16 10:38:54 PM  
When ye go off ta shag a sheep, take it to a cliff so it'll push back.
 
2020-05-16 10:48:52 PM  
Really don't like lobster!

/Bjork
//thermal features
///The Sugarcubes
 
2020-05-16 11:02:41 PM  
At least they will be easier to count before they go to sleep.
 
2020-05-17 12:39:43 AM  
They didn't think their pickled ram testicles plan through.
 
2020-05-17 8:35:19 AM  

ababyatemydingo: from the article: "The population of sheep in Iceland is the lowest it has been in forty years, according to Bændablaðið. The number of sheep is down by just over 50% since 1980. At the same time, the cattle population has risen by over 35%:"

New Zealand, once famous for having 10x as many sheep as people, had it's cattle population surpass it's sheep population somewhere around the 1990s. Cows being a better profit margin.

And, no, we're NOT sheep shaggers.....

** sheep walks by **

"How YOU doin'."


Unfortunately a small island is exactly the wrong place to be raising cows. Especially when they need to import nearly everything.

\Iceland used to be heavily forested, but they cut down all the trees. Now they're trying to find ways to prevent the island from eroding away. Cows ain't going to help that.
 
2020-05-17 8:36:36 AM  

Schlubbe: Really don't like lobster!

/Bjork
//thermal features
///The Sugarcubes


Icelandic lobster is the best I've ever tasted.
 
2020-05-17 8:37:15 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: My grandfather used to herd sheep through the San Agustín Plains (where the Jansky Very Large Array is now) and on to Socorro, NM. The grasses through there used to be hip-high. My grandfather and his brothers would lead with horses and mark a path for the sheep to follow.

Then the cattle ranchers came in the 40s and their cows would destroy entire fields. Large cattle herds are terrible for an ecosystem. The grasses there get maybe a foot high now with a good monsoon season. Sheep don't do well in fields that have been destroyed by cattle. I don't know how Iceland runs their farms, but I can imagine what may be happening to their fields if they're allowed open grazing.


So the weird thing is my family that raised cattle said the same thing about sheep.
 
2020-05-17 1:39:05 PM  
Ewe don't have to be lpnely, at IcelandicSheepF*ckersOnly.com!
 
2020-05-17 2:18:31 PM  
At least the talking sheep speak Íslensku.   On the other hand, you may not want to trust the PETA translator when you are charged.
 
2020-05-17 5:14:15 PM  
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