Australia, New Zealand and Britain are among the highest producers of sheep meat. Sheep farming goes back to around 10,000 BC, when wild mouflon were domesticated in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq). The Bible tells us that wealth was measured in flocks. The king of Israel taxed his subjects according to the number of rams they owned.
In 1193, when Richard the Lionheart was held hostage by the Saracens during the Crusades, his ransom demanded was 50,000 sacks of wool. You may come across [more…]