Sheep vs. Goats – week 2 update

Giving gifts of animals for agriculture has a large impact on the poverty cycle; it sets in motion transformation through a sustainable source of food and income. Will you help our flock of God’s people give a flock of sheep or goats for people in need? We can transform lives by giving gifts that have lasting impact.

ERDlogoGlobally, hunger and poverty affect close to a billion people. In many places, agriculture is the cornerstone of the local economy. Episcopal Relief & Development will use our donation to its Gifts for Life program to give families and communities healthy animals to boost their productive power and well-being.

Most merciful God, we remember before you all who go without nutritious food and clean water, and those who make due with less than their share. Help us to provide for them from your abundant creation, and guide us so that our gifts might be sustainable throughout generations. Grant this, dear God, for the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, who gave thanks to you, broke bread, and shared with all who were hungry. Amen.

Fun facts

Both sheep and goats are in the goat-antelope subfamily Caprinae. Sheep and goats may look similar, but they’re different species. Sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60 chromosomes.

Sheep and goats can usually be told apart by their tails. Goat tails are short and usually point up. Sheep tails hang down and are usually longer and bigger, though some are short; a farmer may dock a sheep’s tail to help keep the wool clean.

Babies, mommies, and daddies

A young sheep is a lamb, its mother is an ewe, and its father is a ram.

A young goat is a kid, its mother is a doe or nanny, and its father is a buck, billy, or ram.


A sheep, depending on its type, can produce anywhere from two to 30 pounds of wool per year. Wool is durable, insulating, wrinkle-resisting, fire-resistant and moisture-absorbing. It makes an ideal fabric for sweaters, coats, rugs, blankets and much more.

In the 17th century, King George III of England banned the export of sheep to American colonies. He also outlawed wool trading in the colonies in an effort to protect England’s wool industry. This, along with other oppressive acts, led to the outbreak of the American Revolution.

During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson had a flock of sheep trim the White House lawn; their wool was auctioned off tho help raise money for the Red Cross.


There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat. Goats are one of the oldest domesticated species, and have been used for their milk, meat, hair, and skins over much of the world. Goats are hardy, reproduce quickly and can be raised in a variety of climates.

Goats are extremely curious and intelligent, very coordinated & known for their ability to climb & balance. This makes them the only ruminant (cud chewing animal) able to climb a tree.

President Abraham Lincoln’s sons had pet goats at the White House. President Benjamin Harrison’s grandchildren were frequently pulled around the White House lawn in a goat cart. One day the goat darted through the White House gates, pulling the children in the cart down Pennsylvania Avenue, chased by President Harrison, holding on to his top hat and waving his cane.

Vote for your favorite animal to give!

Goats continue their lead – it’s 3:2!  You can change that if you are a sheep fan, or you can help keep goats in the lead with your gift. Adults and kids can vote in church with a donation in an envelope stamped “S” or “G” placed in the offering plate. Adults can give online with a credit or debit card, choosing either Sheep or Goats here. Kids can vote by coloring a sheep or goat and placing that in the offering plate. Check our progress on the Sheep vs. Goats board in church!

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