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Countries with the Most Sheep

Can you name the countries that have the most sheep?
For 2021, according to FAOSTAT
Quiz by JustAboutEverything
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Last updated: June 8, 2023
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First submittedJuly 7, 2013
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# Sheep
Country
186 mil
China
74.3 mil
India
68.0 mil
Australia
48.6 mil
Nigeria
45.3 mil
Iran
45.2 mil
Turkey
41.8 mil
Chad
# Sheep
Country
41.0 mil
Sudan
38.6 mil
Ethiopia
33.0 mil
United Kingdom
31.6 mil
Pakistan
31.1 mil
Algeria
31.1 mil
Mongolia
25.7 mil
New Zealand
# Sheep
Country
24.8 mil
Kenya
22.7 mil
Morocco
21.5 mil
South Africa
21.1 mil
Mali
20.5 mil
Brazil
19.8 mil
Russia
+20
Level 82
Jul 8, 2013
Yay. 100% with 2:49 remaining. First try. New Zealand has more sheep than it has orcs.
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Level 14
Jul 8, 2013
Good job :)
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Level 33
Jan 29, 2016
What do you mean by "orcs"?
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Level 17
Nov 28, 2016
It's nice to live in New Zealand
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Level 62
Dec 9, 2016
New Zealand --> Lord of the Rings --> Orcs
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Level 47
Dec 10, 2016
new zealand is awesome
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2017
Maybe sheep are related to orcs.
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2017
^ I'm not sure if that thought makes orcs less scary, or sheep more scary...
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Level 82
Oct 7, 2021
After the update I missed Mali. :-( bah. Baaahhhhh, even.
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Level 64
Oct 7, 2021
Baaahmako is known for them
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Level 74
Dec 10, 2016
I never associate sheep with India or China, but with so many people, I guessed.

The 3 African countries surprised me - just guesses that got me 100% but with only 4 secs left.

Fun quizzes, thanks.

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Level 49
Sep 26, 2021
Conversely, I consider lamb/mutton the epitome of Indian cuisine - there's nothing like a lamb rogan josh or a sag gosht washed down with a pint or three!
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Level 62
Oct 7, 2021
"Mutton" meats goat meat in Indian and Carribean cuisine.
+5
Level 38
Dec 21, 2016
Only guessed china because it has a lot of people
+31
Level 66
Jan 22, 2017
Man I only got one, I feel pretty... SHEEPISH!
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2017
Wow. Ewe've got to be kidding me.
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Level 45
Jan 26, 2017
Woold everyone please stop?
+24
Level 89
Jan 26, 2017
Nah, it's cool to have puns rammed down our throats every now and then.
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2017
No lambasting people on this site.
+14
Level 73
Jul 9, 2019
I am shear ewe wool not kid about that, ram i right?
+2
Level 24
May 7, 2022
Yes
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Level 49
Sep 15, 2023
these puns are so barn funny
+25
Level 39
Jul 26, 2017
That is really baaad
+14
Level 67
Mar 30, 2020
Fleece.., no more. I felt I ve had enough
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Level 29
Aug 28, 2020
I’ve had enough of this shear
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2021
I've shepherd plenty of puns, but this is still pretty impressive.
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Level 73
Oct 7, 2021
kind of surprising coming from a wolf
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Level 72
Oct 7, 2021
Stop it for flock's sake
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2017
Being from New Zealand, which has such a high proportion of sheep compared to its population, it was hard for me to work out that the only other countries with such high numbers of sheep had to have huge populations, and so spent the whole time just guessing random European, Central Asian, and South American countries, to little avail.
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Level 75
Jan 26, 2017
Surprised the US was so low on this list (50). There are lots of sheep in our area, including on our farm.
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Level 85
Dec 5, 2017
Coming from New Zealand, we probably have very different definitions of "lots of sheep".
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Level 52
Jan 26, 2017
Was disappointed that Wales was not in the list. We all know how much welsh love sheep!
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2019
Wales is part of the UK. England and Scotland also have copious amounts of sheep.
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Level 25
Jan 26, 2017
Wales is a part of the UK!!!!! (Even though....yeah)
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Level 33
Jan 26, 2017
Would have never guessed Turkey, Sudan and Ethiopia.
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Level 64
Jan 26, 2017
Very very interesting and original quiz!
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Level 57
Feb 4, 2017
WTF I forgot Australia :-(
+5
Level 68
Jul 7, 2019
DON’T SAY THAT ON OUR CHRISTIAN MINECRAFT SERVER!
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Level 26
Mar 23, 2017
Missed Turkey.
+5
Level 87
Jul 7, 2019
Am I the only one who thinks 30 more seconds might be called for here, esp for picking out the African countries?
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Level 66
Jul 8, 2019
got all but Algeria, well
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Level 73
Jul 9, 2019
That is the most ridiculously adorable picture of a lambkin I have ever seen.
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Level 77
Jul 11, 2019
Not so easy.
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Level 67
Jul 12, 2019
To put it into perspective, maybe make it/ a quiz relative to size of the country? That is more telling/informative imo.
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Level 68
Jul 29, 2019
Surprised no country in the Americas made the list. Something new learnt today
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Level 19
Dec 9, 2021
Brazil
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Level 68
Jul 30, 2019
Got them all with 1 second left on the clock!
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Level 68
Jul 31, 2019
Think Wales would be able to make this list on their own. How many of the UKs stats belong to Wales?
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2020
According to google Wales has 11 million sheep while England has 15 million, Scotland has 6 million and NI has 2 million
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2020
Started guessing African countries in the last 20 seconds and got 3 of them in the last 10 seconds- got Algeria with 1 second left.
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Level 15
Jun 27, 2020
It was very interesting
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2020
#Sheep4Life and #SaveTheSheep sksksksk ;)
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Level 63
Apr 3, 2021
Are you sure that all of these answers are correct? Nearly half of the countries mentioned here are located in a desert and I doubt that sheep can live in a desert. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Level ∞
Apr 3, 2021
When the data doesn't align with your assumptions perhaps you should question your assumptions.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2021
That was a surprisingly spicy response for an innocuous comment.
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Level 57
Sep 6, 2021
Sheep can definitely live in deserts, or dry arid, areas. I have been to many farms in Outback Australia that farm sheep in VERY arid conditions.
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Level 84
Sep 20, 2021
BigGeographyGuy: might want to reconsider your username, too.

From my perspective, 5 countries (Australia, Algeria, Chad, Morocco, Mali, Sudan) all have significant desert areas, but are all large enough to have plentiful grazing areas. I don't think of any of the other countries as being "in the desert", certainly not nearly half.

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Level 82
Oct 14, 2021
On the other hand, I imagine BigGeographyGuy can count to six, so I guess you're even ;-)
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Level 67
Oct 21, 2021
Mongolia also has a lot of desert, no?
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2022
There is a wide variety in sheep breeds. Those sheep grazed in semi arid conditions generally resemble goats.
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Level 86
Sep 19, 2021
I underestimated how many sheep were in North Africa. My apologies, sheep.
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Level 83
Sep 20, 2021
I remembered halfway through how many Maghreb/Middle Eastern dishes I've come across containing mutton, which gave me a lot more answers.
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Level 73
Sep 23, 2021
Baa. I mean bah. Chad & Mali.
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Level 70
Oct 7, 2021
Mongolia has fewer population than New Zealand and more sheeps. But it's territory is eight times bigger than the other one
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Level 63
Sep 11, 2023
The plural of sheep is sheep and not sheeps btw

English has strange plurals.

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Level 75
Oct 7, 2021
I was doing very badly until I remembered that Africa exists.
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Level 67
Feb 25, 2022
Ohhh, you mean the farm animal.
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Level 32
Apr 24, 2022
Took me to the very end to figure out the country with the MOST sheep. I guessed all of the African countries before considering China. I'll have to think very hard about whether I've ever had lamb at a Chinese restaurant. *heads off to research traditional Chinese lamb dishes*
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Level 24
Sep 12, 2023
New Zealand ahh quiz
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Level 27
Sep 12, 2023
nice
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Level 45
Sep 13, 2023
first try. Missed only Iran and Kenya.