Countries with the Most Sheep

Can you name the countries that have the most sheep?
For 2019, according to FAOSTAT
Quiz by JustAboutEverything
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Last updated: September 19, 2021
First submittedJuly 7, 2013
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# Sheep
Country
164 mil
China
74.3 mil
India
65.8 mil
Australia
46.9 mil
Nigeria
41.3 mil
Iran
40.9 mil
Sudan
35.9 mil
Chad
# Sheep
Country
35.2 mil
Turkey
33.6 mil
United Kingdom
32.3 mil
Mongolia
31.8 mil
Ethiopia
30.9 mil
Pakistan
29.4 mil
Algeria
27.4 mil
Kenya
# Sheep
Country
26.8 mil
New Zealand
22.1 mil
South Africa
21.6 mil
Morocco
21.1 mil
Russia
19.7 mil
Brazil
19.2 mil
Mali
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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 34
Jan 29, 2016
What do you mean by "orcs"?
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Level 20
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 39
Dec 10, 2016
new zealand is awesome
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Level 54
Jan 26, 2017
Maybe sheep are related to orcs.
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Level 58
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 57
Oct 7, 2021
Baaahmako is known for them
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Level 72
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 44
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 61
Oct 7, 2021
"Mutton" meats goat meat in Indian and Carribean cuisine.
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Level 41
Dec 21, 2016
Only guessed china because it has a lot of people
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Level 63
Jan 22, 2017
Man I only got one, I feel pretty... SHEEPISH!
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Level 58
Jan 26, 2017
Wow. Ewe've got to be kidding me.
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Level 46
Jan 26, 2017
Woold everyone please stop?
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Level 86
Jan 26, 2017
Nah, it's cool to have puns rammed down our throats every now and then.
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Level 66
Jan 27, 2017
No lambasting people on this site.
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Level 71
Jul 9, 2019
I am shear ewe wool not kid about that, ram i right?
+15
Level 38
Jul 26, 2017
That is really baaad
+7
Level 67
Mar 30, 2020
Fleece.., no more. I felt I ve had enough
+6
Level 32
Aug 28, 2020
I’ve had enough of this shear
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Level 67
Mar 4, 2021
I've shepherd plenty of puns, but this is still pretty impressive.
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Level 53
Oct 7, 2021
kind of surprising coming from a wolf
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Level 61
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 78
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 80
Dec 5, 2017
Coming from New Zealand, we probably have very different definitions of "lots of sheep".
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Level 53
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 58
Jul 30, 2019
Wales is part of the UK. England and Scotland also have copious amounts of sheep.
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Level 27
Jan 26, 2017
Wales is a part of the UK!!!!! (Even though....yeah)
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Level 36
Jan 26, 2017
Would have never guessed Turkey, Sudan and Ethiopia.
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Level 60
Jan 26, 2017
Very very interesting and original quiz!
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Level 60
Feb 4, 2017
WTF I forgot Australia :-(
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Level 63
Jul 7, 2019
DON’T SAY THAT ON OUR CHRISTIAN MINECRAFT SERVER!
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Level 27
Mar 23, 2017
Missed Turkey.
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Level 84
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 61
Jul 8, 2019
got all but Algeria, well
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Level 71
Jul 9, 2019
That is the most ridiculously adorable picture of a lambkin I have ever seen.
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Level 74
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 61
Jul 29, 2019
Surprised no country in the Americas made the list. Something new learnt today
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Level 66
Jul 30, 2019
Got them all with 1 second left on the clock!
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Level 64
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 55
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 55
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 17
Jun 27, 2020
It was very interesting
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Level 57
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 54
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 85
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 69
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 78
Sep 19, 2021
I underestimated how many sheep were in North Africa. My apologies, sheep.
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Level 79
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 74
Sep 23, 2021
Baa. I mean bah. Chad & Mali.
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Level 46
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 69
Oct 7, 2021
I was doing very badly until I remembered that Africa exists.