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Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
New sheep shed examines farming’s impact on climate

New sheep shed examines farming’s impact on climate

Technology
By Dan Whitehead, home news correspondent A new state-of-the-art science facility that monitors the impact sheep farming has on our environment has opened in Devon.The equipment is the latest experiment to be added to North Wyke Farm, which already carries out world-leading research into farming and its impact on our climate. The new sheep shed monitors the intake and outtake of sheep, what they eat and excrete, to develop more environmentally friendly feeds and farming methods. Image: Professor Michael Lee, head of sustainable agricultural sciences at North Wyke Farm Professor Michael Lee, head of sustainable agricultural sciences at the farm, said: "This [experiment] looks at individual ani...