For just RMB1,000 you can own your own sheep and then eat it, and you don’t even have to leave your apartment.

Users can watch a live feed of their sheep from their mobile phone. photo: CCTV.

Chinese netizens have flocked towards a new app called Cloud Ranch, which allows you to adopt, invest and even sell sheep to your friends.

A sheep on a farm in Inner Mongolia, one of many that have been adopted via a new mobile app called Cloud Ranch. Photo: CCTV.

Users can buy one or however many sheep they like and can receive information about their new pet such as their weight. They can even watch a live-feed of their sheep on their smartphone.

Users can watch a livefeed of their sheep on the farm from the comfort of their own home via a CCTV camera in the farm. Photo: CCTV.

Creators of the new app said one of its main selling points was the fact that users can see where their food is coming from, a concern that was raised following the so-called “zombie meat” and “zombie papaya” scandals.

All sheep and users have a unique user ID. A CCTV news programme looking at the app followed one of its users to a farm where they tracked down his sheep.

One user known only Mr Feng (right) finds his sheep in a farm in inner Mongolia. Photo: CCTV.

Cloud Ranch is just one example of the Chinese government’s “Internet Plus” plan, a scheme designed to help startup companies in China.

The project was unveiled to Chinese lawmakers by Premier Li Keqiang in March this year. According to Xinhua, the plan tries to integrate mobile internet, cloud computing, big data and the “internet of things” with modern manufacturing. The aim of the plan is to help companies increase their international presence and develop e-commerce in China.

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Vicky Wong

Vicky is a British-born Chinese journalist with three years of experience covering UK politics. She previously worked for PoliticsHome and has interned at Sky News and CNN International. She also co-produced and filmed a documentary about the Hong Kong protests for MSNBC, which won the grand student prize at the 2015 Human Rights Press Awards. She has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and moved to Hong Kong in 2014 to complete a journalism masters at the University of Hong Kong.