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Domestic sheep are a multi-purpose livestock. Sheep are raised for fleece, meat, and milk. There are more than 200 breed and there are over one billion domestic sheep in the world.

Most people think Sheep are dumb, but they are wrong. Their flocking behavior and quickness to flee and panic can make shepherding a difficult endeavor for the uninitiated. Despite these perceptions, a University of Illinois study of sheep reported them to be just below pigs and on par with cattle in IQ. Sheep can recognize individual human faces, and remember them for years. In addition to long-term facial recognition of individuals, sheep can also differentiate emotional states through facial characteristics. If worked with patiently, sheep may learn their names and many sheep are trained to be led by halter for showing and other purposes. Sheep have also responded well to clicker training. It has been reported that some sheep have apparently shown problem-solving abilities; a flock in West Yorkshire, England allegedly found a way to get over cattle grids by rolling on their backs.

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About Acipayam SheepAcipayam

Acipayam sheep are a multi-purpose breed (wool. Milk, andrnmeat) that originated in Turkey that was developed by crossing Awassi andrnDaglic sheep.

Acipayam rams averagern65 kg (140 lb) and ewes 60 kg (130 lb) at maturity. Bothrnhave white, coarse wool.

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About Adal SheepAdal

Adal are raised for meat and are from Ethopia. They are mainlyrnfound in the region surrounding Dancalia in northeastern Ethiopia. They are a hairrnsheep breed. 

Adal sheep are smaller sized and unicolored from white torndark brown. Occasionally they are also pied or dark brown. They generally havernshort ears, and often earless. Both rams and ewes are generally polled (withoutrnhorns). 

Their average birth weight is around 2.54 kg, and aroundrn2.26 kg for the ewes. The average live body weight of the mature ewes is aroundrn24 kg. And average live body weight of the mature rams is around 35 kg.  

They are hardy and strong sheep. They arernespecially well adapted to arid and dry climate ...

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About Afghan Arabi SheepAfghan Arabi

Afghan Arabi sheep are fat-rumpled sheep found in northe Afghanistan used for meat and milk production. They generally are polled andrnhave long pendulous ears.

Typically, they are grey or black with white on their face and thernaverage height of mature ewes is 48 cm (19 in).

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About Africana SheepAfricana

Africana sheep (also known asrnPelona, Camura, Red African, Rojo Africana, Colombian Wooless, or West Africanrnsheep) are found in Colombia and Venezuela. They are very similar to Pelibueyrnsheep in size and confirmation.

They are usually brown, ranging in shade fromrntan to brown and cherry-red to dark red. They are is raised for meat and classifiedrnas a hair breed.

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About Afrino SheepAfrino

Afrino are a fine wool dual-purpose sheep.

During the late 1960''s, a requestrnwas made to the Department of Agriculture by the wool industry, via the South frican Agricultural Union, to develop a white-wooled breed for extensive sheeprngrazing areas. In 1976, it was evident that the crossing of 25 percent Merino 25 percent Ronderib Afrikaner, and 50 percent South African Mutton Merino best fulfilledrnthe requirements set for the new breed.

It was decided to retain onlyrnthis cross for further upgrading and development of the breed known today asrnthe Afrino. Eighty percent of the income from Afrino sheep is generated throughrnmeat production and 20 percent through wool production. The Afrino prod ...

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About Alai SheepAlai

Alai sheeprnare a dual-purpose breed raised for its meat and wool from Kyrgyzstan.

They are white with occasional spots on their legs andrnheads. Their wool is semi-coarse and often used in carpet. Rams may be either horned or polled;rnhowever, they ewes are all polled.

Alai sheep are a fat-rump breed and arernspecifically adapted to living conditions of the Alay Valley region (above 3 km 1.9 mi) above sea level).

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About Alcarrena SheepAlcarrena

Alcarrena sheep are medium-wooledrnmeat found in the La Alcarria, Guadalajara, and the Cuenca regions of NewrnCastille, Spain.

They are of the Entrefino type. Sometimesrnthey have light-brown markings on the head and legs, and occasionally they are allrnblack. Both sexes are polled.

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About Algarve Churro SheepAlgarve Churro

Algarve Churro sheep are fromrnPortugal and used for meat.

They are white with black spotsrnon the feet and head. However, about 10% of them are completely black.

Mature rams grow on average to 95rncm (37 in) at the withers and weigh 75 kg (170 lb). However, ewes grow to 85 cm 33 in) at the withers and weigh 55 kg (120 lb) at maturity.

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About Algerian Arab SheepAlgerian Arab

Algerian Arab sheep (alsornknown as Ouled Jellal or Western Thin-tailed sheep) are found throughout lgeria. They are adapted to arid climates and it is believed that they evolved from the Tadmitrnsheep in Algeria. They produce carpet-grade wool but they are primarily raisedrnfor meat.

They are white and have longrnlegs. The males are horned and the females are polled.

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About Alpagota SheepAlpagota

Alpagota, orrnPagota, sheep are from Italy (Lamon, Vicentina and Istriana; Belluno andrnVenezia Provinces). They are well suited to the local hills and mountains.

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About Alpines Steinschaf SheepAlpines Steinschaf

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Alpines Steinschaf are mountain sheeprnfrom the Eastern Alps of Austria and southern Germany. They are used for woolrnand meat and for keeping the grass down.

Alpines Steinschaf sheep are fine-bonedrnand small to medium sized. Rams weigh 55 to 80 kg (121 to 176 lb), and ewes 40rnto 60 kg (88 to 132 lb).

They are found in all coat colorsrnand sometimes their face and ears are marked with black. Their face and lowerrnlegs are without wool and their legs are thin but strong, and their hooves arernhard. Rams are often horned, but ewes usually are polled. Their ears arerncarried horizontally or slightly drooping.

They are one of four breeds in thernSteinschaf group (the other three are Krainer Steinschaf, Mo ...

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About Altamurana SheepAltamurana

Altamurana sheeprnare a medium-sized Milk sheep from the Bari and Foggia Provinces, in the ApuliarnRegion of southern Italy.

Altamurana sheeprnare white with occasionally dark spots on their faces. They are well adapted tornlive on arid soils. Altamurana sheep come down from the ovines of Asian race orrnSyrian of the Sanson and just from the stock of Zackei.

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About Altay SheepAltay

Altay sheep are from the dry, cold mountain basins of China.rn

They are fat-rumped and are sometimes raised for carpet wool they average 2.5 to 3.5 pounds, 1.3 - 1.5 kg, of wool per shearing), but more oftenrnthey are raised for meat.

Over time Altay sheep gradually developedrna fat tail (or rump) as a consistent characteristic. The tail (or rump) weighsrnabout 15 pounds (7 kg). The rams average 180 pounds (82 kg) and the ewes 150rnpounds (69 kg) at maturity.

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About American Blackbelly SheepAmerican Blackbelly

American Blackbelly (also known as Corsican) sheep are arncomposite breed resulting from the crossing of Barbados Blackbelly with Mouflonrnand Rambouillet breeds. As the name implies, the underbelly of the American lackbelly is black, as is the inside of the legs, the back part of the thighs and the hair inside the ears. Two black facial barbs extend down the muzzlernmedial to the eye, giving the breed an exotic appearance.

Through selective breeding, the merican Blackbelly has retained the coloration of its Barbados Blackbellyrnparent stock, but can be easily distinguished by the presence of horns on thernrams. It is harder to identify which breed a ewe represents because American lackbelly females may be polled, scurred, or horned, ...

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About Ancon SheepAncon

Ancon sheep have long bodies with shortrnlegs. Their fore-legs are crooked. This type of sheep was bred from a singlernMassachusetts, USA, lamb. The Ancon sheep are quite desirable because theyrncannot jump over fences. The Ancon name has been applied to other strains ofrnsheep. Scientists used the Ancon for genetic research and after it was nornlonger needed for study it was allowed to become extinct. Excavations of the ncon have been done in the United Kingdom. They have found that the Ancon hasrna history that dates back to AD 1500. The Ancon sheep have quite a few uniquernfeatures that were caused by dwarf mutation. They were well-known in the staternof Massachusetts in the 1700s. Sheep owners preferred this species as it madernthin ...

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About Apennine SheepApennine

Apennine sheep also known as Appenninica, Bariscianese, Chietina Varzese, or Perugina delrnpiano) are white sheep that were found in the 1970''s in central Italy, mainlyrnin Toscana, Emilia, Umbria, arche, Abruzzi regions of Italy. They wererndeveloped by crossbreeding the local breed with other Italian or exotic breedsrnsuch as: Bergamasca and Ile-de-France. There are an estimated 250,000 heads spread out over central and southern Italy.

They are whiternwith medium-wool that are raised mainly for meat. They are polled and have semi-lopped ears.

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About Arabi SheepArabi

Arabi, also known as Afghan Arabi, Sheep are fat-rumpedrnsheep from Northern Afghanistan. They typically have long pendulous ears; theyrnalso generally have black or white faces. The Arabi rams have horns and thernewes are polled (hornless). They are raised for meat and wool production.

Most likely Arabi sheep are descended from very ancientrnimportations from Arabia across the narrow Bal-el-Mandeb Straits at the mouthrnof the Red Sea. They have adapted to extreme temperatures and conditions.rnWithin the foothills of Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, summer temperatures risernto 41 °C (110 °F) and winter temperatures down to -26 °C (-15 °F) with lessrnthan 400 mm (16 in) rain.

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About Aragonesa SheepAragonesa

Aragonesa are a dual-purpose medium wool sheep raised mainly for its meat. They are the secondrnmost important Spanish breed after the Merino. Spanish sheep breeds of mediumrnquality wool are considered to have originated from the crossbreeding ofrnfine-wool strains (Merino) and those with coarse wool (Churra and Lacha) though this viewpoint is overly simplistic.

Aragonesa sheep are known for ruggedness, gregariousrninstinct, pasturing ability, and adaptability to the harsh environment in whichrnit is raised.

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About Arapawa Island SheepArapawa Island

Historical records suggest that sheep havernbeen known on Arapawa Island, NZ, in the Marlborough Sounds for at least 130rnyears.

Most likely the Arapawa feral sheep arernescapees of a flock of Merino Sheep.

To those unused to their distinctivernappearance, Arapawa sheep may at first acquaintance seem ungainly or even ugly with their somewhat hunched appearance and often ragged fleece. Certainly theyrnbear little resemblance to their more immediate Merino ancestors and even lessrnto the Merinos familiar to us all today.

Arapawas are not large sheep, being ratherrnlean and light-boned. The clear narrow face and head, with alert bright eyes is set on a long neck and topped with slender ears. Rams may have ...

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About Argentine Merino SheepArgentine Merino

Argentine Merino are dual-purpose (fine wool and meat) sheeprnfrom Argentina. They were developed from Criollo sheep crossed with Spanish andrnSaxony Merinos and later Rambouillets.  

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About Arkhar-Merino SheepArkhar-Merino

Arkhar-Merino sheep wererndeveloped at the Kurmektinski research station between 1934 to 1949 inrnKazakhstan. They were produced by crossbreeding wild Arkhar rams and Precocernmerino ewes.

In 1994 Arkhar-Merino sheep wererntransferred to Arasbaran research station which is attached to the ResearchrnCenter for Natural Resources and Domestic Animals of East Azerbaijan.

Arkhar-Merino sheep have a firmrnand expanded skeleton. They are bulky with long legs and a broad chest. Theirrnaverage staple length is 6.24 to 8.08 cm. The average fiber diameter is 22.99rnin ewes and 23.51 in ram. Their greasy fleece weight is about 4.19 kg. 

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About Arles Merino SheepArles Merino

Arles Merino is one of world''srn20 merino sheep breeds. They were developed in the South of France, by using localrnmerino, Spanish merino (Est a Laine Merinos) and Australian Booroola sheep. Thernsheep were first selected by the greatest amount of wool and fine wool. However currently the primary breeding goal is milk production of ewes and the rapidrngrowth of lambs. In addition, those specimens are preferred for breeding whornmake the breed less dependent on the season, which means that the goal is tornensure good fertility all year round.

They have a muscular rump andrnfine wool. Their wool is white with a fiber diameter of approximately 20 microns (minrn17 microns, max 26 microns) and a length of 60 to 70mm. Wool from the ewe ...

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About Armenian Semicoarsewool SheepArmenian Semicoarsewool

Armenian Semicoarsewool are dual-purpose sheeprnmainly found in Armenia. They are a medium-wool fat tail breed. They are raisedrnas a dual-purpose animal, and are currently raised for milk and meatrnproduction. They were developed by crossing Rambouillet and Lincoln with Balbasrnsheep.

They are medium to large sized and are mainlyrnwhite with a white face. Both rams and ewes are generally polled. The maturernewe’s average body height is around 26 inches at the withers, and around 29rninches for the rams. Their average live body weight is around 85 kg. Andrnaverage live body weight of the mature ewes is around 55 kg. They are wellrnadapted to their native environments. 

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About Askanian SheepAskanian

Askanian, also known as Askaniysky or Askanian Fine Fleece sheep are from Ukraine. They were developed in the early 1900s at Askania Novarnby crossing American Rambouillet with Merino sheep. There were over 1.6 million skanian sheep in 1980. Today the breed is raised mainly for it''s fine qualityrnwool.

They are medium to large sized sheep. They are mainly whiternand are unicolored with a white face. Their face is generally free of wool. Thernewes are either polled or horned, but the rams are generally horned. Averagernbody height of the mature ewes is around 69 cm at the withers, and the rams arernmuch larger than the ewes.

The Average live body weight of the mature Askanian rams isrnaround 115 kg. And the ewes are smaller ...

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About Assaf SheepAssaf

Assaf sheep are thernresult of crossbreeding between Awassi and East Friesian Milk sheep. In 1955 researchers of the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization (A.R.O) startedrnthis project aiming to improve the fecundity of the Awassi sheep. A combinationrnof 3/8 East Friesian and 5/8 Awassi blood emerged as the best cross.

Most dairy sheeprnbreeders in Israel have adopted the Assaf, which is considered not only a toprnquality dairy sheep and excellent mutton producer, but is also well-adapted tornsemi-extensive to extensive production systems. Under Israeli conditions, inrnwhich ewes have approximately 3 lambings in 2 years, the annual milk yield isrn450 liters. The demand for Assaf sheep is increasing every year. They have beenrn ...

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About Aussiedown SheepAussiedown

Aussiedowns are large sheep wererndeveloped in the early 1990s in Australia. Today they are mainly distributed inrnNew South Wales, Victoria, Australia. They were developed through crossbreedingrnSouthdown and Texel sheep. The resulting progeny have a maximum of 75 percentrnSouthdown and Texel ancestry.

They are mainly raised as primernlamb sires, by crossing them over purebred or crossbred ewes. They are veryrngood for meat production.

They are generally completelyrnwhite. Both rams and ewes are generally polled. 

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About Australian Merino SheepAustralian Merino

Although Australian Merino sheep derive their name and basicrnappearance from the Spanish merino breed, they are a distinct breed in theirrnown right. They have been developed and adapted in Australia to the specificrnconditions of this country.

More than 80 percent of all Australian sheep are purernMerino, with most of the remainder at least part Merino blood. Merino is grownrnprimarily for its heavy fleeces of fine wool. Merino sheep were brought to ustralia from the Cape Colony, England, Saxony (South East Germany), France and America. The Australian Merino is not a single homogenous breed but arnnumber of strains of sheep all of which, regardless of their origins, arernuniquely Australian. The major factor determining the Merinoâ ...

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About Australian White SheepAustralian White

Image: <a href= class = body target=_blank>Australian White Sheep Breeders Associations</a> Australian Whites are Australian meat sheep which wasrndeveloped for Australian conditions. Australian White sheep are a stabilizedrncomposite haired meat breed comprising White Dorper, Van Rooy, Poll Dorset andrnTexel genetics. The development aim was to produce a unique Australian white shedding sheep breed to quickly produce large framed, heavy lamb carcases. Additionally walking or mobility ability, good fertility and mothering instincts in the ewesrnand hardy lambs with good growth weights were required traits to bernincorporated into the breed.  

In 2011 the Australian White sheep breed was shown at thernSydney Royal Easter Show for the first time.

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About Avranchin SheepAvranchin

Avranchin are a grassland breed of sheep. They are hardy andrnwell-adapted to a ocean climate, usually living outdoors in small flocks. They arernone of the most prolific French breeds. They have a large or medium-sizedrnframe. They produce lambs of good butchering quality, with very fine texturedrnmeat.

The selection of the Avranchin sheep breed tends towards thernmaintenance of high prolificacy (the optimum sought is the ewe which regularlyrnproduces twins at each lambing), and the improvement of the milk value of therndams. Rams for breeding are chosen according to their conformation and thernprolificacy and milk value indexes of their dam.

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About Awassi SheepAwassi

Photo by Larry Meisegeier Awassi evolved as a nomadic sheep breed through centuries ofrnnatural and selective breeding to become the highest milk producing breed inrnthe Middle East. They are similar to the Near Eastern fat-tailed type. They arernused for milk production and carpet wool.  

The average Awassi ewe has single lactations over 300 liters 650 pounds) per 210-day lactation, and it is not uncommon for outstandingrnfemales to have 210 day lactations above 750 liters (1,625 lbs).  

As a comparison, the lactation of the average U.S. sheeprnbreed is about 100 to 200 pounds per lactation. The breed also has thernadvantage of natural hardiness and grazing ability. The males are horned andrnthe females are usually polled. The flee ...

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About Babydoll Southdown SheepBabydoll Southdown

The Babydoll Southdown is a sheep of the early Southdownrntype imported into the U.S. and seen in England in the 1800''s through the earlyrn1900''s. They are 18" to 24" at the shoulder and display the originalrnSouthdown type and characteristics. The Southdown breed of sheep originated inrnthe South "Downs" of Sussex County, England, and is one of the oldestrnof the Down breeds. English farms kept these sheep for their flavorful meat andrnfine fleece.

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About Badger Face Welsh Mountain SheepBadger Face Welsh Mountain

Torddu, the Welsh namernmeaning ''black belly'' have distinct black stripes above the eyes and a blackrnstripe running from under the chin to the belly and continuing underneath tornthe end of the tail. The legs are black with a tan stripe. The fleece can bernwhite, grey or light brown, but preference is given to the lighter shades. Thernwool should be firm and medium length (7-10 cm). The Torwen, the Welsh namernmeaning ''white belly'' show the reverse coloring, but with a smaller eye stripe.rnTheir bodies should be compact and strong and of medium size. Both Torddu andrnTorwen rams are horned and weigh up to 90kg. Ewes are polled and weigh up torn60kg.

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About Bagnolese SheepBagnolese

Bagnolese Sheeprnare an autochthonous breed from Campania, Italy that got its name from the villagernof Bagnoli Irpino in the province of Avellino. They probably derives from therncrossbreeding of the Barbaresca breed and the local breeds of the Apennines.rnOver time they spread from Irpinia to the entire region up to the provinces ofrnCaserta and Salerno.

They arernmedium-large white sheep with black spots. There are excellent dairy productsrnderived from its milk: pecorino as well as ricotta cheese (fresh or salted andrnaged). They are also raised for meat.

In Irpinia province of Avellino) they are still largely kept in wild or semi wild state fed on herbal pastureland with integration only in the winter months.

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About Balkhi SheepBalkhi

Balkhi are medium to large sized sheep originatedrnfrom Afghanistan and North-weste akistan. They are a fat-tailed mutton typernsheep. They are  raised mainly for meatrnproduction, but they are also good for producing wool. 
Balkhi sheep are hardy and are well adaptedrnto their native climates. They have a low fiber density, and they approximatelyrnyield 2 kg of coarse wool with an average 43.5 micrometer diameter. The ewesrnare pretty good milkers and they produce enough milk for their lambs. The ewesrngenerally lactate for about 105 days and produce around 60 kg of milk. 
They are black, grey, or tan. They havernsomewhat long ears, and their body is muscular and compact. Their tail is fat ...

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About Baluchi SheepBaluchi

Baluchi are small sheep that originated in southe Afghanistan, eastern Iran, and southwest Pakistan. They are a fat-tailed sheeprnbreed and are raised mainly for wool production. They are also known Araghi, aluchi Dumda, Farahani, Khorasani, Khurasani, Mengali, Neini, Naeini, Shinwari, Taraki and Yazdi sheep.  

They are raised mainly for wool production. Their wool isrncoarse with modulation. The average annual fleece weight is between 1.3 and 1.8rnkg. The ewes are pretty good milkers, and they produce enough milk for theirrnlambs. On average an ewe generally produce around 40 to 50 kg of milk in arnlactation period of about 125 days. 

They are black and white with black marks on the legs andrnhead. Their f ...

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About Balwen Welsh Mountain SheepBalwen Welsh Mountain

The Balwen Welsh Mountain sheep is a sheep for all seasons. One ofrnthe original Welsh breeds of sheep the Balwen remains as one of the mostrnstriking and versatile of all the rare breed sheep. The sheep has a base colorrnof black, dark brown or dark grey. It has a white stripe running from the polernof the head to the top of the nose, four white feet and half white tail. verage mature ewe weighs 40-50kgs, rams 45-60kgs.

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About Barbados Blackbelly SheepBarbados Blackbelly

Barbados lackbelly sheep are indigenous to the Caribbean island of Barbados. They descendrnfrom sheep brought to the islands from West Africa during the slave era. lackbellies are antelope-like in appearance, brown tan or yellow in color with black points and under-parts. Both ewes and rams are polled or have onlyrnsmall scurs or diminutive horns.

They may havernsome visible fuzzy wool undercoat within their hair coat, but it should shed alongrnwith the hair each year. Barbados Blackbelies are noted for their extremernhardiness and reproductive efficiency. They are one of the most prolific sheeprnbreeds in the world.

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About Barbaresca Siciliana SheepBarbaresca Siciliana

Found in Sicilyrnin southern Italy, the Barbaresca Siciliana (Sicilian Barbary) was developedrnfrom the Tunisian Barbary and the Pinzirita.

They have coarsernto medium wool and are kept for both milk and meat production. The Sicilian arbary is polled and usually has dark spots on the face and legs. They havernlop ears and stores fat at the base of their tail.

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About Bardoka SheepBardoka

Bardoka are a multi-purpose sheep foundrnmainly in the Metohia region of Kosovo. It''s name is derived from the Albanianrnword ''Bardoka'' which means white. They are mainly found in Kosovo and partially in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia.

They are medium-sized sheep. They arernmainly white with a white face. Their face is generally free of wool, and theirrnskin color is pink. Both rams and ewes are generally horned. Their horns arerngenerally long and spiraled. Rams weight around 3.5 kg at birth and the ewesrnaround 3.2 kg. The mature Bardoka ram''s average body height is around 70 cm atrnthe withers, and around 60 cm for the ewes. Bardoka rams is around 65 kg. Andrnaverage live body weight of the mature ewes is around 50 kg

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About Basco-Bearnais SheepBasco-Bearnais

Basco-bearnaise sheep originated from the Basque country and also known as Vasca Carranzana, France. They were developed during thern1960s from Basque and Bearnaise sheep.  

They mainly are raised as a milk breed, and an ewe onrnaverage produces around 120 liters of milk per lactation. And their lactationrnperiod is around of 130 days. Their milk is of good quality containing aroundrn5.39 percent protein.  

Basco-bearnaise sheep are medium to large sized. They arernmainly white and have long, white and hanging wool. Their head and hooves arernreddish-yellow colored. The rams have spiral horn around the ear. And the ewesrncan be either horned or polled.  

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About Bavarian Forest Sheep SheepBavarian Forest Sheep

Bavarian Forest sheep are an old and once wide-spread breed from avaria. Unfortunately they are decreasing in popularity. They are a small tornmedium sized sheep. They are mostly white, though brown and black animals dornoccur. 

Their fleece contains a mixture of fibers: kemp, heterorntype, and wool fibers. Forest sheep are aseasonal: they usually lamb 3 times inrn2 years. Their fertility amounts to about 180 percent. They are a hardy weather and disease-resistant breed. They have good mothering ability.

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About Belgium Milk SheepBelgium Milk

Belgium Milk Sheep are strongly influenced by Friesian MilkrnSheep. In all probability, the Belgium Milk Sheep descends from Flemish sheep.rnSince the 19th century, Flemish sheep were selected for milk character. Afterrnthe Second World War, the other milk sheep breeds were added.

The Belgium Milk Sheep is a finely-built sheep which standsrnon high legs. The body is wedge-shaped. The head is covered with fine whiternhair. The abdomen is wooly, but slightly hairy. A typical characteristic of elgium Milk Sheep is the so-called "rat-tail." The fertility of thernbreed is high. The udder is well-developed and the animals give much milk withrna creamy taste.

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About Bellary SheepBellary

Bellary are medium-sized sheep native to the districts of ellary and Davanagere and the adjoining areas of Haveri and Chitradurgarndistricts of Karnataka, India.

They are medium-sized with body colors ranging from whiternthrough various combinations of white and black to black. Most rams have horns though ewes are generally polled. Their ears are medium long, flat andrndrooping, their tail is short and thin, their fleece is extremely coarse, hairy and open and their belly and legs are devoid of wool.

In farmers'' flocks lambing percentage is 80–85% and thernlitter size is generally single. Breeding is mostly pure. Rams are selected onrnthe basis of size. They are primarily maintained for meat. The ewes are milkedrnfor home ...

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About Beltex SheepBeltex

The Beltex is a medium sized sheep, long in the body. It isrnwedge-shaped from a narrow shoulder to a distinctive large, double-muscledrnhindquarter. The head is generally white in color but may have black, blue orrnbrown shadings or patches. The fore face is short and thick. The fleece isrntight, dense of medium staple length. Average male body weight 95kg.

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About Bentheimer Landschaf SheepBentheimer Landschaf

Bentheimer Landschaf (A.K.A The Landrace of Bentheim) arernmedium-sized German sheep. They were developed by a cross between German andrnDutch heath sheep and marsh sheep. They have been bred in the northern GermanrnEmsland area since 1934, especially in the county of Bentheim.

They are mainly white and have black around their ears eyes, and legs. They have a slender body, long head and Roman nose. Their earsrnare small and the tail is long and woolly. Both rams and ewes are generallyrnpolled. The average body height of the mature ewes is around 67 cm at thernwithers, and the rams are slightly larger than the ewes. The average live bodyrnweight of the mature Bentheimer Landschaf rams is around 75 to 80 kg. Andrnaverage live body weig ...

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About Bergamasca SheepBergamasca

Bergamasca, alsornknown by: Bergamasker, Gigante di Bergamo, Bergamacia (Brazil), sheep havernwhite coarse wool and are raised for meat.

Bergamasca sheeprnare found in the Lombardy, region of northern Italy. They are a basic breed ofrnthe Lop-eared Alpine group and are polled. The Bergamasca is the foundation ofrnthe other Lop-eared Alpine breeds and of Fabrianese.

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About Berrichon du Cher SheepBerrichon du Cher

Berrichon du Cher sheep have been bred for meat productionrnsince the 18th century. This long-lasting breeding process has resulted in arnwell-conformed breed, characterized by early growth.

Berrichon ewes have a natural ability to lamb out-of-season:rn60% of lambs are naturally born from September to November, a schedule whichrnprovides high flexibility in terms of production.

Berrichon du Cher Sheep are hardy and are able to cover widerndistances, which render the breed suitable for various livestock managementrnsystems.

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About Beulah Speckled Face SheepBeulah Speckled Face

Speckled-face sheep have been bred on the hills of Eppynt Llanafan, Abergwesyn, and Llanwrtyd Wells for over 100 years, withoutrnintroduction of female stock. On the hill, the ewes are normally purebred providing flock replacements, finished lambs for the meat trade, or store lambsrnfor finishing on lowland farms.

Beulah ewes are also idea for crossing with most continentalrnrams, as well as Suffolk and Down rams to produce high-quality carcasses. Ramsrnhave found great demand in many mountain flocks to improve size and woolrnquality. They have very clean soft handling wool. Ewes are hornless, as are thernmajority of rams. Their face is free from wool and distinctly speckled.

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About Bibrik SheepBibrik

Bibrik are medium-sized sheep that originated from Pakistan.rnThey are a fat-tailed breed and are raised mainly for meat production. They arernfound mainly in the parts of Sibi and Loralai districts in Baluchistan Provincernof Pakistan.

They are mainly white with a black or brown head. Both ramsrnand ewes are generally horned, and the rams have pretty large and curved horns.rnThe rams generally weight around 2.8 kg at births, and the ewes around 2.4 kg.

Average body height of the mature ewes is around 19 inchesrnat the withers, and around 25 inches for the rams. The average live body weightrnof the mature Bibrik rams is around 37 kg. And the average live body weight ofrnthe mature ewes is around 31 kg.

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About Biellese SheepBiellese

Biellese sheeprnare from the Piedmont region of northern Italy. They are a polled carpet woolrnbreed used for meat production. They are one of the Lop-eared Alpine group ofrnsheep breeds.

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About Bizet SheepBizet

Bizet [bi.ze] sheep originating in France. They wererndeveloped between 1830 and 1900 by first crossing Caussenards sheep with Southdownrnand Dishley English sheep. In 1905, steps were taken to start standardizing thernbreed. In 1952, Bizet were introduced on the Kerguelen archipelago, where theyrnare raised for food for the scientific station there.

They grow wool but they are primarily raised for meat. The ramsrnhave horns and ewes are polled (hornless). At maturity, rams grow to 80 cm (31rnin) and ewes 75 cm (30 in) at the withers. On average, rams weigh 90 kg (200rnlb) and ewes 55 kg (121 lb). Ewes can lamb up to three times in two years.

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About Black Hawaiian SheepBlack Hawaiian

Black Hawaiian Sheep are thernsource of some controversy. Some say they are a cross of Mouflon and black hairrnsheep from the Hawaiian islands. Others say they are Barbados sheep with arndilution of the red color gene making them black. They have a thick black coatrnand are usually black all over, although some sport a white muzzle.

Like the other species of sheep ofrnthis type, their horns grow up, back, down, forward, up again, and then tiprnout. The horns of the Black Hawaiian are jet black. Males can weigh up to 140rnto 150 pounds while females usually weigh about half that much. They are raisernprimarily for trophy hunting.

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About Black Welsh Mountain SheepBlack Welsh Mountain

Hardiness and self-reliance are the outstanding features ofrnthis ancient breed. Hill flocks of this breed, in normal conditions, require nornsupplementary feeding, they thrive on the short rough grasses and herbage ofrnthe unploughable uplands. They are an ideal breed for the smallholder as wellrnas being used in their natural environment on the hill. They are a good breed forrnchildren to work with as they are shown on halters and the lambs are easy tornhandle. They cross well with terminal breeds to produce good quality tasty meatrnboth as a crossbred and as a purebred. Average mature ewe weighs 45kg, ramsrn60-65kg.

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About Blackhead Persian SheepBlackhead Persian

Blackheaded Persian sheep originated in the arid regions ofrneast Africa in what is now Somalia. They are  a fat-rumped breed and both sexes are polled. lackheaded Persians have a white body and black head and neck with the tworncolors sharply distinguished.

They found their way to the tropics of the Caribbean regionrnvia South Africa many years ago. The Caribbean population has adapted well tornthe humid tropics. Blackheaded Persian sheep are one of the breeds that werernused to develop Dorper sheep.

Harlequin orrnSpeckled Persians

Some lackheaded Persians have solid colored heads, legs and tails, while their bodyrnis covered with spots and patches on a white background. The pattern on eachrnindividual sh ...

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About Bleu du Maine SheepBleu du Maine

Bleu du Maine are a large grassland sheep with slate blue/greyrncoloring heads. They originated in Western France in the regionrnof Mayenne. They were developed from crossing Leicester Longwool andrnWensleydale sheep. The breed has no wool on its head or legs.

They are similar to Texel sheep but they have a higherrnlitter size and age of sexual maturity. Their average daily gain, carcassrnleanness, milk yield, and lambing interval are similar to the Texel, but the lue du Maine are lighter muscled. 

They have a very alert eye, large nostrils and ears, and no horns. lue du Maine sheep are large; the average mature ewe weighs 80-120kg rams 110-180kg. Both sexes are polled.

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About Blue Texel SheepBlue Texel

Blue Texel sheep are a color variant of the normally whiternTexel sheep. Blue Texel sheep come from white Texels who carry the color factorrn"blue" with them. This factor is a recessive factor. From a mating ofrntwo white Texels who both carry the factor for the blue color, there is a 25rnpercent chance blue lambs will be born while a mating between a Blue Texel andrnanother Blue Texel always gives blue lambs. Texel sheep evolved as a result ofrncrossbreeding the Dutch polder sheep with several English breeds, such asrnLeicester, Wensleydale, and Lincoln at the beginning of the 20th century.

Today, as a result of efficient selection, the Texel breedrnhas developed into a meat-type sheep of outstanding lean meat quality that hasrnbeco ...

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About Bluefaced Leicester SheepBluefaced Leicester

The Bluefaced Leicester is the single most significant sheeprnbreed in the UK today, with nearly 50% of the UK''s commercial breeding flockrnbeing sired by the Bluefaced Leicester. Of the remaining  50%  aroundrnhalf are being mated with  Bluefaced Leicester rams to produce Mule ewes.rnThe great strength of the Blueface, is that no matter what breed of sheep it’srncrossed with, its progeny the Mule proves a better commercial ewe than itsrnmother. The Bluefaced Leicester’s improve prolificacy, mothering ability, easernof management and most importantly financial return. The breed started inrnNorthumberland around 100 years ago. Over the last half century the breed hasrnspread all over the UK, especially into Scotland and W ...

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About Bond SheepBond

Bond sheep evolved in Australia in 1909 as a dual-purposernbreed, using Peppin Merinos and imported Lincoln rams. Bonds are tall long-bodied sheep, heavy in the bone and with open faces and a robustrnconstitution. They produce bulky, long-stapled, bright 22-28 micron wool. Lambsrnare long, lean, and fast growing. Bond rams weigh up to 150 kg (330 lbs.).

Bond sheep are mainly found in the south east portion of ustralia. They have the ability to produce economic results in a wide range ofrnclimatic conditions of rainfall from 350-1140 mm (14 to 45 inches).

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About Booroola Merino SheepBooroola Merino

Booroola Merino sheep were developed on the Southe Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. They differ from normal Merino in twornways. First, they are more fertile; their fertility is as high as any breed inrnthe world. The number of lambs born per ewe lambing is 2.4, with a range of 1rnto 6. Half-Booroola ewes on average wean 20 percent more lambs than comparablernMerinos under the same conditions. Secondly, Booroolas have the ability tornbreed at most times of the year, thus extending the breeding season.


The high profligacy of the Booroola Merino is due to thernaction of a single gene. Booroola ac ...

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About Border Cheviot SheepBorder Cheviot

Border Cheviot sheep originated as a mountain breed, nativernto the Cheviot Hills between Scotland and England, where the climate is harshrnand the conditions are rugged. Cheviots are extremely hardy and can withstandrnharsh winters and graze well over hilly pastures. They were bred to look afterrnthemselves. Recognized as early as 1372, the breed is reported to haverndeveloped from sheep that swam ashore from shipwrecked Spanish ships that fledrnnorthward after the defeat of the Armada.

Cheviot sheep are a distinctive white-faced sheep, with arnwool-free face and legs, pricked ears, black muzzle and black feet. They are arnvery alert, active sheep, with a stylish, lively carriage. Cheviot wool has arndistinctive helical crimp, which ...

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About Border Leicester SheepBorder Leicester

Border Leicester sheep are one of three distinctrnbreeds of Leicester sheep.  

Border Leicester sheep were developed in 1767 by George andrnMatthew Culley of Fenton, Northumberland, England. They were friends of Robert akewell and had access to his improved Leicesters. Some believe that thernCulley brothers developed the Border Leicester by crossing Bakewell''s improvedrnLeicester rams with Teeswater ewes. Others argue that Cheviot blood wasrnintroduced.

In any case, the breed was firmly established in England byrn1850 and Border Leicesters have now surpassed the old English Leicester inrnpopularity in the British Isles and in other countries.   Border Leicesters are a distinctively large white sheep long in body, ...

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About Borderdale SheepBorderdale

Borderdale sheep wererndeveloped in New Zealand. They are the result of breeding the Border Leicesterrnand Corriedale breeds and interbreeding each generation until the F5 stage. orderdales are a medium-large, hardy, long-woolled breed, with a comparativelyrnlow susceptibility to foot rot. They have a good growth rate.

Ewes are often usedrnfor crossbreeding with terminal sires from the meat breeds. Borderdales arernfound mainly on the plains, dowlands, and foothills of Canterbury (NewrnZealand).

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About Boreray SheepBoreray

Boreray sheep originated on the island of Boreray in the StrnKilda archipelago off the west coast of Scotland. And the breed was named fromrnthis island. It is also known by some other names such as Hebridean Blackfacernand Boreray Blackface sheep.

They were developed during the late 19th century fromrnScottish Blackface and a Hebridean type of Old Scottish Shortwool sheep. Theyrnhave been largely feral since 1930.  

Their fleece is white to light tan, but occasionally darker. oth sexes are horned. The ram''s horns are large and spiraled. Adult ewes weighrnabout 28 kg (62 lbs) and stand 55 cm (22 inches) at the withers.  

Today, it is the rarest sheep breed in the United Kingdomrnand there are fewer than 3 ...

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About Bovska SheepBovska

Bovska Sheep got their name from the small town Bovec thatrnlies in upper Soflorina valley which is in the Northwest part of Slovenia nearrnthe Italian border. In Trenta valley this breed is also called trentarka or purerntrentarka if it has the short ears sometimes seen with this breed.

The Bovska sheep breed originated in the white sheep whichrnwere once distributed throughout the Alps. Bleiweis (1871) mentioned thernTrbiska sheep breed and reported that sheep with shorter ears produced morernmilk. Pirc reported that Tolminska and Bovska sheep breeds originated from thernpeat sheep while in the German literature it is stated that in some Alpinernvalleys and swampy areas Stonesheep (Steinschafe) or Zaupelschafe were foundrnwhich co ...

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About Braunes Bergschaf SheepBraunes Bergschaf

Braunes Bergschaf, or BrownrnMountain, sheep are from the alpine regions of Bavaria (Germany), Tyrol Austria), Southern Tyrol (Italy), and the Swiss Canton of Engadine. In recentrnyears, Braunes Bergschaf Sheep have gained popularity beyond their originalrnborders. Brown Mountain Sheep are descended from the Tyrolean Steinschaf (StonernSheep), which can be of all colors, one color per sheep, and is rarely white.

 Braunes Bergschaf arernmedium-sized with a slender, hornless head, and a Roman nose profile. Theirrnears are long, broad, and hanging. They have strong legs with hard hoofs. Theyrnare extremely hardy and show no fear of heights. Non- seasonal breeding isrnpossible three times in two years, and twins are the norm.

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About Brecknock Hill Cheviot SheepBrecknock Hill Cheviot

Brecknock Hill Cheviotrnsheep were developed from Scottish Cheviot sheep that were introduced to Walesrnin the 1850''s. They are known for their longevity.

They have a white facernand legs. Their ears are erect with no ruff of wool behind them. They have nornwool on their face or on their legs below their knees or hock. They have broad strong backs. The rams are occasionally horned, and ewes are polled. Thernaverage mature ewe weighs 60kg and rams weigh 90kg. Ewes and usually rams arernpolled. 

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About Brentegana Scelta  SheepBrentegana Scelta

BrentaganarnScelta are large white sheep raised for wool and meat. They are an Italian breedrnand belong to the Alpine group. They arernknown for their adaptation to the local marginal conditions.

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About Brianzola SheepBrianzola

Brianzola arernlarge white sheep related to the giant Alpine meat sheep coming from Ovis aries sudanica of Sanson. Theyrncome from Brianza, Italy, a territory including the provinces of Como, Leccornand Monza (Lombardia). They are raised for meat.

Brianzola arernlarge white sheep related to the giant Alpine meat sheep coming from Ovis aries sudanica of Sanson. Theyrncome from Brianza, Italy, a territory including the provinces of Como, Leccornand Monza (Lombardia). They are raised for meat.

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About Brigasca SheepBrigasca

Brigasca sheeprnare a local breed whose name is linked to the border territory between Liguria Piedmont and Provence. They are descended from the Frabosana breed and likelyrncrossbred with Langhe sheep. The Brigasca is a rustic animal, perfectly adaptedrnto the traditional rearing system of a minimum of six months in alpinernpastures.

Brigasca sheeprnare used for milk and meat. Their milk is used to produce three different kindsrnof cheese: Sora, Toma, and Brus. All are made with techniques and tools boundrnto the ancient tradition of transhumance.

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About Brillenschaf SheepBrillenschaf

Brillenschaf sheeprnare from Carinthia, Austria. They are a member of the Alpine Mountain Sheep reeds. They are named for their eyeglass marks around their eyes, under therneyes, and on their ears. They are a cross between the Landschaf, Bergamasca and Paduaner Schaf sheep.

They are hardyrnand frugal; they can cope with high precipitation and are experts in climbing therefore they are used for grazing high alpine areas which are inaccessible torncows.

They arernendangered and since 1938, they have almost completely died out.

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About British Milk SheepBritish Milk

British Milk sheep are medium to large polled sheep with arnpredominantly white face and legs. Their head is usually free from wool, thernmuzzle broad and the ears long. The ewe is naturally prolific and is noted forrnits quiet temperament which is important in the management of high performancernsheep. The conformation of the ewe, particularly the roomy pelvic area, ensuresrnthat lambing is easy. The rams have a long body and good hindquarters. They arernrobust and active being keen and vigorous workers all through the year. Averagernmature ewe weighs 80kg, rams 110kg.

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About Brogna SheepBrogna

Bragna sheeprnhave white coats and rosy skin. They are used mainly for meat, but also forrnmilk. They are an autochthonous breed of uncertain origin. They are mainlyrnreared in the province of Verona (Veneto), particularly in Lessinia, Italy.

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About Brown Headed Meat SheepBrown Headed Meat

Brown Headed Meat, or Braunkopfiges Fleischschaf, are one ofrnthe four predominant sheep breeds in Switzerland. They are the heaviest breed. Theyrnwere developed by crossing Oxfords from England and German Blackheaded Muttonrnsheep onto landrace sheep.

The breed is seasonal, lambing once per year, usually in thernwinter, averaging 1.7 lambs.

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About Bundner Oberland SheepBundner Oberland

Image: Oklahoma State University Bundner Oberland (also known as under Oberlanderschaf, Grisons, or Graubunden) sheep are from Switzerland.

They are found in white, brown or silver-grey. Their head is slender and bare. Rams have substantial hornsrnwhile ewes have small horns or are polled (hornless). Both sexes display ratherrnprimitive behavior. Multiple births are common. When mature, rams weigh onrnaverage 72 kg (159 lb) and ewes 50 kg (110 lb). After reaching maturity, ramsrngrow to 72 cm (28 in) and ewes 68 cm (27 in) at the withers.

In 2007, there were less thanrn1,100 but their population is increasing and are used primarily for vegetationrnmanagement.

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About Calabrese SheepCalabrese

Calabrese, alsornknown as Sciara or Moscia Calabrese, sheep are an autochthonous breed from the provinces of Cosenza and Catanzaro Calabria), reared in the high hills on poor steep grazing land. They belong tornthe group with soft hanging woolly coat but it is smaller than Altamurana andrnLeccese breeds.

They have whiterncoats and are raised for milk.

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About California Red SheepCalifornia Red

California Red are medium-wool meat and wool sheep developedrnin 1970. They are a cross between Barbados and Tunis sheep.

Mature rams weigh 225 to 250 pounds and ewes range from 130rnto 150 pounds. Both sexes are naturally hornless. Lambs are born a solid rustrnor cinnamon red color, a color that is retained as they mature.

At maturity, their fleeces turn a beige or oatmeal color.rnTheir legs and faces are free of wool with long pendulous ears. Their wool isrnsilky in texture and has found a specialty market with hand-spinners andrnweavers. They breed all year-round.

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About California Variegated Mutant SheepCalifornia Variegated Mutant

California Variegated Mutant Sheep, or simply C.V.M. Sheep are the result of many crossbreeding started in 1915. 

In 1915 A.T. Spencer developed the Romeldale breed. Hernpurchased several New Zealand Romney Rams in 1915 that were brought to thernPan-American exposition in San Francisco. He felt the Romney breed wouldrnincrease the staple, length, and carcass quality of his Rambouillets. Throughrnmany years of selection, the Romeldale breed was developed, with fleecernproperties of 60-64''s, extremely high yield, and uniformity, including carcassrncutability superior to other white-face breeds. 

During the 1960''s, Glen Eidman, a partner of J.K.rnSexton, found in his purebred Romeldale flock a multi-colored ...

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About Cambridge SheepCambridge

Cambridge Sheep are a very prolific breed that has particularrnvalue in crossbreeding. The Cambridge is a dark faced medium size sheep. Thernmature weight of rams and ewes is 100 kg and 67 kg respectively. They are longrnlived with excellent teeth and are hardy and resilient to environmentalrnextremes. Ewes lambs easily, are good mothers and the incidence of mastitis isrnlow. The breed’s high prolificacy means that it can be mated with a variety ofrnother breeds and crossbreeds to produce, high performance commercial ewes.

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About Cameroon SheepCameroon

Cameroon are hair sheep from West Africa. Instead of wool they carry a hair coat that in the autumn forms an additional undercoat, whichrnis shed after winter. Cameroon sheep do not require shearing.

Cameroon sheep are very prolific and reach puberty veryrnearly. They are aseasonal and can produce two lamb crops per year. They are arnresistant, problem-free sheep. Their most common color is brown with a blackrnbelly, head, and legs.

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About Campbell Island  SheepCampbell Island

The first sheep were landed on sub Antarctic Campbell Island over 600 kilometers south of the New Zealand mainland) in 1895 after a grazingrnlease had been taken up. Two thousand more were introduced in 1901, and arnfurther thousand in 1902. Both of the first introductions are known to havernbeen Merinos, but the last was of an unknown breed - at least some must havernbeen longwools such as Lincolns or Leicesters.

As a result, the Campbell Island sheep are one of the fewrnferal breeds known to have anything other than Merino blood; they range fromrnquarter- to half-bred Merino-longwool crosses. Campbell Island sheep do notrnhave the high proportion of colored animals that occur in some feral flocks.

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About Canadian ARCOTT SheepCanadian ARCOTT

Image: The canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers Limited ( Canadian Arcott sheep arernraised primarily for meat. As the name suggests, they were developed in Canada. nd the later half of their name, ARCOTT, is an acronym for the Animal ResearchrnCenter in Ottawa. They were developed from crossbreeding Romnelet (6%), NorthrnCountry Cheviot (7%), Leicester (14%), Ile de France (28%) and Suffolk (37%)rnsheep. The remaining 8 percent was contributed from Shropshire, Lincoln Corriedale, East Friesian, Finnsheep, and Southdown Dorset.

They are medium to largernsized hardy sheep, and are well adapted to their native climates. They are ablernto adapt to pasture or confinement systems easily. The lambs grow relativelyrnfast and produce excellent carcass meat and reach a market weight of 37 kg atrnth ...

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About Castlemilk Moorit SheepCastlemilk Moorit

Castlemilk Morrit Sheep were developed during the the earlyrnyears of the 20th century. The late Sir Jock Buchanan-Jardine began a breedingrnprogram on his Castlemilk Estate in Dumfriesshire. Using Manx Loghtan, mooritrnShetland, and wild Mouflon, he developed a breed to beautify his parkland andrnprovide fine, kemp-free moorit colored wool. On the death of Sir John uchanan-Jardine the flock was dispersed in 1970, and six ewes and a ram werernbought by Joe Henson at the Cotswold Farm Park.

All of today''s Castlemilk Moorits are descended from thesernfew sheep. The Castlemilk Moorit is one of the larger primitive-type breeds with mature ewes weighing in the region of 40 kgs. (85 lbs.) and rams 55 kgs. 120 lbs.) The ewes exhibit two un ...

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About Charmoise SheepCharmoise

Charmoise sheep are polled white faced and white leggedrnsheep with a deep body coated in a tight fleece of good quality. It has thernmost excellent conformation with short neck well-muscled loins and strongrngigots. It is light of bone and very alert and lively from birth. Averagernmature ewe weighs 65-70kg, rams 80-90kg.

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About Charollais SheepCharollais

Charollais Sheep are a medium to large sized sheep. They arernlong and well-muscled with thick, deep gigots. The body is long with a well-muscledrnbroad loin and wide deep chest. The head is free from wool, pinkish/grey in colorrnsometimes with spots. The line of the shoulders should retain a wedge shapernwhich is so important for ease of lambing. The legs are clean, quite short, coloredrnbut never very dark. The front legs should not be set too wide apart and animalrnmust be well balanced. The gigots are well developed, thick and deep. The breedrnis primarily a terminal sire and the fleshing quality is of the highestrnimportance. Excessive bone is undesirable in the breed; the fineness of bonerncontributes to the high killing out percentag ...

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About Chatham Island SheepChatham Island

Near the southwest corner ofrnthe main island of the Chatham group, NZ, is a small flock of feral sheep whichrnappear to have certain Merino characteristics, and thus may predate thernIsland''s change to longwool breeds.

It is believed that ChathamrnIsland ferals have been living wild for almost a hundred years, and it isrnpossible that they originated from some Saxon Merinos that were taken to SouthrnEast Island (another of the Chatham group) in 1841.

The most noticeable differencernbetween these and the feral sheep of Pitt Island is that the Chatham ferals arernmostly white-woolled, whereas those on Pitt are mostly colored.

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About Cheviot SheepCheviot

Cheviot Sheep are white-faced Hill sheep from the Scottish orders. The ewe has fine hard white hair on her face over the crown and on herrnlegs which should have a fine, flat quality bone. The fleece should be densernand firm with no kemp or colored hair. The rams can have horns.

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About Chios SheepChios

Chios are semi-fat-tailed milk Mediterraneanrnsheep. Like many breeds, the exact origin of the Chios is unknown. Some sourcesrnsuggest it is the result of crossbreeding between local sheep of the island ofrnChios (Greece) and breeds from Anatolia (Turkey). The Chios is typically whiternwith black, occasionally brown, spots around the eyes, and on the ears, nose belly and legs. The entire head is often black.

Female conformation isrntypically dairy. Milk production for the breed varies from 265 to 660 pounds 120-300 kg) of milk per location depending on management and husbandryrnconditions. The highest production recorded is 1,317 pounds (597.4 kg) during arn272 day lactation.

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About Cholistani SheepCholistani

Cholistani sheep are from Pakistan. Though they grow wool, theyrnare raised primarily for meat.  

They have a black to brown head and ears with a white body.rnThey have stubby, small ears and a long tail.  

Mature rams weigh 48.5 kg (107 lb) and ewes weigh 34 kg (75rnlb). Their average height at the withers of mature rams is 75 cm (30 in) andrnewes is 66 cm (26 in). At birth and on average, rams weigh 3.5 kg (7.7 lb) andrnewes weigh 3.0 kg (6.6 lb).  

Ewes have an average litter size of 1.05 lambs. During anrnaverage lactation cycle of 110 days, ewes produce 45 kg (99 lb) of milk.  

From 1986 to 1996, the world population of thernCholistani decreased from 275,964 to 33,025 respectively. In ...

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About Churra SheepChurra

Churra sheep are raised in Castile and Leon in northweste Spain. They are used for milk production. They are breed of great hardiness well suited to the continental climate with long, severe winters, very shortrnsprings, and hot dry summers.

Zamorano cheese is a classic Spanish sheep''s milk cheese. Itrnis made with full cream milk, coming mainly from the Churra sheep. NavajornChurro sheep descend from the Spanish Churra.

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About Ciavenasca SheepCiavenasca

Ciavenasca are arnmeat sheep with white wool. They are indigenous to Sondrio Province (ValrnChiavenna), Lombardy Region, northern Italy.

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About Cikta SheepCikta

Cikta sheep were brought to Hungary, in the 18th century, byrnGerman settlers. While they grow wool they are primarily raised for meat. Theyrnbelong to the Mountain Group of sheep breeds.

They are white (unicolored). The rams have horns and the ewesrnare polled (hornless), and their ears are erect. Typically, their horns arernsmall or knob-like.

At maturity, rams weigh 37 kg (82 lb) and ewes weigh 45 kg 99 lb). At the withers, rams grow to 55 cm (22 in) and ewes to 47 cm (19 in).rnEwes have an average 1.1 lambs per litter.

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About Cine Capari SheepCine Capari

Cine Capari sheep originated from the Aydin Province inrnTurkey. They are a fat-tail breed. Generally they are white but occasionally theyrnhave light brown to dark black spots on their feet and belly. The ewes weigh 38rnkg (84 lb) on average at maturity.  

In 1998, there were 300 Cine Capari and the population wasrndecreasing. The decline in population has been due to local farmers crossingrnthis breed with the Chios for the purpose of creating a more prolific offspring.

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About Ciuta SheepCiuta

Ciuta Sheep are white Italianrnmountain sheep bred for meat. Unfortunately they are most likely extinct.

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About Clarence Reserve Sheep SheepClarence Reserve Sheep

Clarence Reserve Sheep are little-known sheep thatrnoriginated from a feral flock living in Clarence Reserve, Marlborough, NZ. Theyrnare almost certainly of Merino origin - descended from escaped sheep broughtrninto the area in the early period of European settlement. Clarence Reserve Sheep have clean faces and bellies and arernlargely dag free. Such features are typical of sheep which have evolved arnresistance to flystrike. The rams have wideset horns. Nearly all of them arernwhite, which is unusual in long-established feral flocks. They tend to be "secretive"rnin their behavior and will often keep to themselves when placed amongstrncommercial breeds of sheep. The fleece is fine but not very heavy.

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About Clun Forest SheepClun Forest

Clun Forest Sheep are a very adaptable breed, living equallyrnhappily in the down lands of the South of England or the hills of Wales andrnScotland. They have a low mortality rate and are highly resistant to disease.rnThey have an alert appearance with a clean open dark-brown face, with arncharacteristic covering of wool on the top of the head and ears that arerncarried high and forward. The body has a strong muscular neck carried high fromrnfine shoulders, lengthy good back, deep rib, strong loin, good hock and a deeprnand well-rounded rear. Clun ewes are protective and productive mothers.rnLongevity is a strong point of this breed. The Clun ewes are used for eitherrnthe production of cross bred ewes. Pure Clun lambs are highly prized for ...

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About Coburger Fuchsschaf SheepCoburger Fuchsschaf

Coburger Fuchsschaf are a breed of landrace sheep that werernalmost extinct.

In the 19th century Coburger Fuchsschaf populated thernEuropean hilly ranges abundantly. These red fox-colored sheep could be foundrnunder names that indicated their color or living area, such as Golden Fox Eisfelder Fox Sheep, Eifeler Sheep, Ardenais Solognotes, or Rousse Tetes. Inrnthe beginning of the 20th century, 60% of the sheep in the German Coburg arearnwere Coburger Fuchsschaf with the red fox-colored heads, but by World War IIrnthey were nearly extinct.

It took Otto Stritzel, a breeder and weaver from Bavaria tornpublicize the favorable characteristics of the Fuchsschaf, which laid thernfoundation for its continued existence. The Coburger F ...

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About Columbia SheepColumbia

Columbia sheep were one of the first sheep to originate inrnthe United States. They are the resultrnUSDA and university research. Development began in 1912 in Laramie, Wyoming. Lincolnrnrams were crossed with Rambouillet ewes. In 1918, the foundation flock wasrnmoved to the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois, Idaho, for furtherrnrefinement.  

Though originally bred for range conditions, the Columbiasrnhave found widespread acceptance throughout the United States and are usedrnincreasingly to sire crossbred market lambs. Columbias are one of thernlarger-sized breeds. Rams weigh between 225 and 300 lbs (100-135 kg) andrnfemales weigh between 150 and 225 lbs. (68-102 kg).  

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About Comeback SheepComeback

Comeback sheep originated in Australia. They were firstrndeveloped by crossing a British long-wool cross back to a Merino sheep. Butrnmore recently, the type has been produced by crossing some popular sheep breedsrnsuch as Corriedale and Polwarth with Merino. The main aim of the cross was torndevelop a finer, better style of wool. Wool of the Comeback sheep style is alsornproduced by Cormo, Bond, and Polwarth sheep. And these breeds may prove easierrnto breed than the Comebacks.

Today, Australia has approximately three million comeback sheeprnmainly in cool wet areas. They are raised as a dual-purpose sheep for producingrnboth meat and wool.

They are very strong and hardy. They are well adapted to thernhigh rainfall distri ...

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About Comisana SheepComisana

Comisana sheeprnare milk sheep from southeastern Sicily. They were developed from Maltese andrnSicilian sheep in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, they arernraised in Sicily, Southern and Central Italy, Piedmont and Lombardy.

They are whiternwith a reddish-brown face. They have course to medium wool, semi-lop ears, andrnare polled.

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About Coolalee SheepCoolalee

Coolalee sheep are Australian short wool, meat sheep breed developed from an eight-year breeding program commenced in 1968. The breedrnresulted from the crossing of the Wiltshire Horn, Suffolk, Hampshire Down, PollrnDorset, Lincoln and English Leicester sheep.  

The first Coolalee rams became commercially available inrn1983. These rams are used as terminal sires for prime lamb production.  

Coolalee sheep have shown considerable promise as anrnindependent central progeny testing system for prime lambs. The system isrndesigned to identify outstanding meat sheep sires and their ability to sirernelite lamb with a carcass weight of more than 22 kg and a fat score of 2-3. Therntesting also showed significant red ...

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About Coopworth SheepCoopworth

Coopworth are medium sized, dual-purpose, white faced sheeprnwith an alert but quiet disposition. They were developed in New Zealand in thern1960''s from Border Leicester and Romney crosses, and was first imported intornthe United States during the late 1970''s. Today they are one of the most dominantrnbreeds in New Zealand.

They are a highly productive sheep, and are popular for easyrncare lambing, prolificacy, and good mothering ability. Coopworth wool isrnrelatively coarse and long and is popular with hand spinners.

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About Cormo SheepCormo

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The Cormo Sheep wasrndeveloped in Tasmania by I.K. Downie.Mr. Downie crossed Corriedale Rams with 1200 carefully selectedrnsuperfine Saxon Merino Ewes.

The original selectionrncriteria included: high, clean fleecernweight; fiber diameter of 17-23; fast body growth rate and a high rate ofrnfertility.  The result- 1/4 Lincoln, 1/4 ustralian Merino, and 1/2 superfine Saxon Merino.

Cormo wool is fastrnbecoming one of the best wool producing breeds in the sheep industry today.

Cormo selling points dornnot end with their wool quality.

Cormo are considered easyrnkeepers; they are somewhat smaller than many breeds and therefore require 40%rnless feed then larger breeds.

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About Cornella SheepCornella

Cornella, also known as Cornella White or Cornella Bianca dell''Emilia Romagna, sheep are a commonrnbreed from the Bologna Province, Emilia Romagna Region, Northern Italy.

They are white sheep used for milk and meat and arernwell suited to the hills and plains of Northern Italy.

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About Cornigliese SheepCornigliese

Cornigliese sheeprnare descended from Vissana sheep with some Merino and Bergamasca blood. Theyrnare from Corniglio, Emilia Region, Italy. They are white with dark spots onrnface and legs. They are bred for meat, milk, and wool but mainly for meat.

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About Corriedale SheepCorriedale

Corriedale sheep were developed in New Zealand and Australia during the late 1800s'' by crossing Lincoln or Leicester rams with Merino females. The breeds is now widely found worldwide and are the most common breed of sheep in South America and are widely used throughout Asia, North America, and South Africa. They are, perhaps, the second most populous breed of sheep in the world, after Merinos.

Corriedale sheep are a dual-purpose sheep. They are large-framed, polled, and have good carcass quality. Although they traditionally have been used to produce premium lambs when mated to sires of meat breeds, they are now achieving comparative performance rates with purebred lambs.

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About Corteno SheepCorteno

Corteno or Pecora di Corteno, sheeprnbelong to the Alpine group of sheep. They are medium-sized white Italian sheeprnand bread for meat.

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About Cotswold SheepCotswold

Cotswold Sheep are a large, polled, longwool breed. The headrnis carried well up, the back long, ribs well sprung, the frame and legs strong giving an overall imposing appearance. The head has a pronounced forelock ofrnwool and a white face, with dark skin on the nose. The high quality wool isrnwhite, lustrous and long-stapled. Average mature ewe weighs 85kg, rams 140kg.

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About Criollo SheepCriollo

Criollo sheep are the highlands of Colombia, Ecuador Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and Guatemala over hundreds of years. They arernknown by some other names such as Venezuelan, Uruguayan, Tarhumara, Colombian Lucero, Creole, Chilludo, and Pamba. Spanish settlers brought the Churra withrnthem in the mid sixteenth Century. The Churra is believed to be the ancestor ofrnthe modern day Criollo sheep. Today, they are raised mainly for meatrnproduction.  

They are relatively small sheep and they are generally blackrnand also white or pied. They have a coarse fleece of carpet-type wool. The ramsrnon average weight around 32.8 kg at maturity. And average live body weight ofrnthe mature ewes is about 26.1 kg.

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About Daglic SheepDaglic

Daglic sheep are mainly found in Western Anatolia in Turkey.rnSome believe they originated the Kamakuyruk and Chios sheep breeds. They are short-fatrntailed sheep breeds and are a dual-purpose animal: they are raised for bothrnmeat and milk production.

They are small uni-colored sheep with a white body and blackrnspots on their head and legs. They have a short-fat tail. The ewes are alwaysrnpolled, but the rams are generally horned. The average body height of ewes arernaround 24 inches or 60 cm, and the rams are slightly larger than the ewes.

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About Dala Fur SheepDala Fur

Dala Fur, known as Dala palsfar, sheep originated in Swedenrnand are one of several sheep breeds that are remnants of the old Swedishrnlandrace breed. They are a Northern European short-tailed sheep breed.  

Dala Fur sheep are short but very hardy. They are used forrnboth meat and wool production. The wool is very curly and finer than most otherrnSwedish sheep breeds. The lambs were traditionally slaughtered at 2 months andrn10 days of age to be used for the costumes. The white fleece was preferredrnbecause of this use, and still today most of the Dala Fur sheep are white. long with wool production, the breed is also very good for quality meatrnproduction.

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About Dalesbred SheepDalesbred

Dalesbred sheep are found in the Upper Wharfdale and CentralrnPennines in England. They were developed from the Swaledale and Scottish lackface breeds.

Dalesbred are a hill sheep with a black face and distinctive whiternmarks on each side of their nostrils with their nose-end becoming grey. Their legsrnalso have clear black and white markings. The average mature ewe weighs up torn45-60kg, rams 55-75kg (depending on environment). Dalesbred woolrnis typically of carpet quality. Their fleece is curly on the outside with arndense undercoat.

Dalesbred sheep are very adaptable to climatic changes andrncan survive in the harsh environmental conditions. Dalesbred ewes are oftenrncrossed with Teeswater rams to produce the Masham wh ...

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About Damani SheepDamani

Damani sheep are a dual-purpose (meat andrnwool) sheep from Pakistan. They are mainly found in the Dera Ismail Khanrndistrict and part of the Bannu district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province ofrnPakistan.

Damani are small to medium sized, strong, andrnwell adapted to their local environments. They are generally with white with a blackrnor tan colored head and camel-colored legs. Their ears are small, and the udderrnand teats of the ewes are well developed. The average body height of the maturernrams is around 61 cm at the withers, and around 53 cm for the ewes.

They yield is about 1.5 kg of coarse fiber per year. The rams on average weight around 2.7 kg at birth, and the ewesrnaround 2.5 kg; with an average litter size i ...

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About Damara SheepDamara

Although there are claims thatrnthe Damara breed of sheep originated in Egypt as long ago as 3000 BC, itsrnrecognition as a named breed is more realistically dated to the early twentiethrncentury. In 1904, this long-legged sheep breed was seen by German explorers inrnthe northern region of Namibia, which was then called Gross Damaland – hence itrnbecame known as the Damara Sheep. At one time, local farmers who used copper inrntheir traditional attire, exchanged Damara Sheep for copper wire and forrnhorses.

In 1954, many Damara Sheep werernconfiscated from commercial farmers who were smuggling sheep through thern“Veterinary Cordon Fence”, which was erected to separate disease-free areas ofrnsouthern Namibia from those of the n ...

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About Danish Landrace SheepDanish Landrace

Danish Landrace (also known as dansk landfar or klitfar )rnsheep are native to Jutland in Denmark. They were developed from the Merino andrnHeath sheep, with early specimen interbreeding in the nineteenth century withrnLeicester and Oxford Down sheep.

They are medium sized and are generally white with a grayrnhead. They are mostly polled, with only around 10 percent horned rams. They arerndouble-coated and long tailed. Generally their tail is spotted brown, but theyrnare predominantly white.  

The average height of the mature Danish Landrace rams arernaround 75 cm at the wither, and around 70 cm for the ewes. The average livernbody weight of the mature ewes is between 50 and 65 kg. And the average livernbody weight of ...

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About Debouillet SheepDebouillet

Debouillet sheep were developed in NewrnMexico in 1920 from Delaine Merino and Rambouillet sheep. They are well adaptedrnto the range conditions of the southwestern United States. They are arnmedium-sized sheep with white hair on their face and legs.

They are hardy and gregarious and adaptablernto unassisted pasture lambing. They produce a fine wool fleece with a deep close crimp.

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About Decanni SheepDecanni

Decanni are small dual-purpose sheep (meet and wool). Their woolrnis black or ash and separated and grained. They produce about 0.5 kg wool perrnyear.

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About Delaine Merino SheepDelaine Merino

Several strains of Merinos evolved in the United States. Therntype "A" Merino was developed in Vermont through selection andrninbreeding. This Merino carries a very heavy, wrinkly hide. In form, the type Arnis angular and has little carcass value. It is not advocated for commercialrnlamb and wool production. The "B" type Merino was developedrnprincipally in Ohio, a result of breeders selecting for a heavy fleece on arnsheep that has a fair mutton form.

Its body is fairly free of wrinkles, but it carries heavyrnneck folds and frequently wrinkles or heavy folds behind the shoulders and onrnthe thighs and rear flanks. The type B is larger and better adapted to everydayrnconditions than the type A. The type "C" or Delaine Merino is thern ...

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About Derbyshire Gritstone SheepDerbyshire Gritstone

Derbyshire Sheep have a clean cut black and white marked face andrnlegs clear of wool. They are polled in both sexes. The Derbyshire Gritstone isrna handsome sheep of aristocratic lineage, big, flat bones, strong and alert.

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About Desert Sand Sheep SheepDesert Sand Sheep

Desert Sand are hybrid sheep created in Texas, USA around 1900 with Mouflon Sheep influence in their ancestry. Desert Sand Sheep are a naturally shedding, and are generally light to dark shades of champagne, cinnamon or copper colored. All rams must have horns, and the ewes are allowed to have horns although most ewes are polled. According to the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, "The Corsican Group of Sheep (Painted Desert, Texas Dall, Black Hawaiian, American Blackbelly, Desert Sand, and sheep referred to as Corsicans) are actually the result of initial crosses decades ago between the shedding, European Mouflon Sheep (Ovis orientalis musimon, native to Corsica and Sardinia) with a wide range of more well known "wool" breeds of sheep ...

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About Devon Closewool SheepDevon Closewool

Devon Closewool Sheep are a medium sized, white faced hornless sheep with a dense white fleece of medium length and staple whichrncontributes to its valued quality of hardiness. Average mature ewe weighsrn55-60kg, rams 90kg.

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About Devon Longwoolled SheepDevon Longwoolled

Devon Longwooled Sheep have a well-covered Head with longrncurly wool. Both sexes are polled. The body is covered in long curly, whiternwool. Well-proportioned with a strong wide and long top, with well sprung ribrngiving plenty of volume. The rear being well muscled with good conformation. verage mature ewe weighs 100kg, rams 136kg.

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About Diggers Hill SheepDiggers Hill

Diggers Hill sheep are named after the locality in weste Southland, NZ, evolved in a feral state. They have, somewhat confusingly, alsornbeen referred to as Takitimu, Dean Forest, and  Fiordlander, but the termrnDiggers Hill is preferred and used here.

They appear to be basically of Merino origin, but arerndistinct enough to be a recognizable breed, although there is some variation inrntype. They are also typical of New Zealand feral sheep - small body weight less hair on the extremities, single lambing, and a tendency to shed their finernbut chalky fleece.

These sheep have never been shorn (as they shed their wool)rnor treated with conventional animal health treatments. They are only handled tornshift paddocks or once ...

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About Dohne Merino SheepDohne Merino

Image: <a href= class = body target = _blank></a> Dohne Merino are a synthetic, dual-purpose Merino developedrnby the South African Department of Agriculture using Peppin-style Merino ewesrnand German Mutton Merino sires. The progeny were interbred and selected forrnhigh-fertility, rapid lamb growth rate, and fine Merino wool under commercialrnrangeland conditions.

The breeding program was initiated in 1939 and the BreedrnSociety was formed in 1966. Selection since 1970 has been done with the aid ofrnperformance and progeny testing and comprehensive production records. Allrnrecorded animals are maintained in a computerized flock recording scheme. ThernDohne Merino is one of the leading woolled breeds in South Africa.

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About Dormer SheepDormer

Dormer sheep are a cross between Dorset Horn rams and GermanrnMerino ewes (presently known as the South African Mutton Merino). They wererndeveloped through a series of extensive slaughter lamb experiments carried outrnat the Elsenburg Research Station of the Department of Agriculture since 1927rnover a period of more than ten years. The name Dormer is shortening of the namernDorset-Merino.

The main object with the development of the Dormer was tornbreed a mutton breed which could adapt to conditions in the winter rainfallrnarea of South Africa (cold and wet) and from which suitable rams could bernproduced for cross breeding purposes. The Dormer is well known for its highrnfertility, excellent mothering abilities, long breeding seaso ...

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About Dorper SheepDorper

Dorper Sheep appear white but they are actually geneticallyrna black sheep with a huge white spot covering its entire body except for thernvery striking black head (black headed Dorper). The Dorper is a quality meatrnsheep with all its easy care attributes highly developed like no other breed inrnthe world. The White Dorper has the same breed standards as the Dorper (Blackrnheaded) except where color and markings are described. The White Dorperrnstill has all the same labor saving qualities as the Dorper together with arngreat carcass. But as its name implies the White Dorper is genetically arnwhite sheep therefore all its progeny should be white except when mated to a blackrnsheep.

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About Dorset SheepDorset

Dorset ewes are of medium size and are naturally prolific; skinrncolor is pink whilst the face, legs and ears are white. Rams show a boldrnmasculine appearance and also carry good fleshing throughout. The wool of bothrnthe Horn and Poll is of the highest quality, not only is it fine and denselyrngrown but is particularly white which helps it find a ready market in times ofrnplenty. Average mature ewe weighs 85kg, rams 120kg.

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About Dorset Down SheepDorset Down

Dorset Down Sheep are active medium sized short-woolled sheep. They have strong legs that support a deeprnchested, long sheep with well fleshed hindquarters and fine wool.rn

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About Drysdale SheepDrysdale

Drysdale sheep area a dual-purpose breed whose wool is usedrnmainly for carpet manufacturing. They carry the dominant Nd gene, a mutationrnwhich occurs in the Romney breed. The Nd gene causes a high abundance of course very hairy fibers, called halo-hairs.

The wool of the Drysdale is without crimp, highlyrnmedullated, with a fiber diameter of 40 microns. It is known for its whitenessrnand dyeing versatility. The Drysdale is found in most environments throughoutrnNew Zealand. They are sheared twice a year.

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About East Friesian SheepEast Friesian

The East Friesian breed originated in thernFriesland area in the north of Holland and Germany. In Europe it has been usedrneither purely as a milking breed - it is considered to be the world''s highestrnproducing dairy sheep - though it is often crossed with other breeds to improvernfecundity and milk production in breeds that are bred for their meat or forrntheir milk production. The East Friesian is described as a large-framed high-fertility breed with a pink nose and a thin tail.

Some breeders refer to their very quietrntemperament and docile nature, though it is not clear whether this is morernpronounced than other sheep that have close contact with humans.

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About Easycare SheepEasycare

Easy Care Sheep are a revolutionary breed of sheep which requiresrnminimal shepherding and veterinary care, sheds its wool in the summer, does notrnneed shearing and yet offers excellent meat yields and lambing ratios. Thernbreed is now well established in Britain and abroad and is proving extremelyrnpopular and successful with breeders in today''s farming environment. 

The guiding principle behind Easy Care isrnstraightforward. Centuries ago, sheep didn''t naturally have huge fleeces merely a winter coat which was shed in springtime, as with most wild animals.rnHowever, man began to breed sheep for wool because of its value. In recentrntimes, the value of wool has fallen so dramatically that its production isrnuneconom ...

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About Elliottdale SheepElliottdale

Elliottdale are a dual-purpose (meat and wool) sheep developedrnat the Elliott Research Station in Tasmania during the 1970s. They wererncommercialized in 1986, which helped established the Australian Carpet WoolrnIndustry. The effect of the EI gene (Elliottdale) is similar to the Drysdale Tukidale, and Carpetmaster genes in the Romney breed, and are at a differentrnlocus on the chromozone. Today, the Elliottdale sheep breed is rare and is atrnserious risk of extinction with very little breeding animals left.

They are medium-sized uni-colored white sheep. They producerngood quality fleece, and their wool has a fiber diameter of 38-40 microns. Thernewes are always polled, but the rams can be either horned or polled. The averagernliv ...

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About English Leicester SheepEnglish Leicester

English Leicester (also known as BakewellrnLeicester, New Leicester, Dishley Leicester, Leicester Longwool, ImprovedrnLeicester, and simply as Leicester) sheep were developed by the eighteenthrncentury breeding innovator Robert Bakewell.

At first they were pretty slow-growing andrnclosely boned. But over time they have been developed to gain weight quicklyrnand grow very fast. In 1826 they were one of the first pure sheep breedsrnintroduced to Australia. They have been used for improving may other sheeprnbreeds, mainly because of their meaty carcass and heavy fleece.

They are large sheep. Their face is usuallyrnof a wedge shape and covered in white hairs, often with a blue tinge). Theirrnlips and nostrils are black. The ...

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About Epynt Hardy Speckled SheepEpynt Hardy Speckled

Epynt Hardy Speckled Sheep are a commercial; easy-care breed withrnthe primary purpose is to perform well in a mountainous environment year roundrnwith limited supplementary feeding. They are a long living, good mouthing sheeprnproducing lambs which are easy to finish. They are a heavy boned hill sheeprnwhich is stocky and sturdy in stature with a speckled face and legs, of greyrnbrown or black clean of wool. The ewes are polled and the rams usually horned.rnTheir attributes include a strong hefting ability, excellent mothering abilityrnand being a good breed for crossing. Average mature ewe weighs 40-50kgs, ramsrn60-70kgs.

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About Est a Laine Merino SheepEst a Laine Merino

At the end of the 18th century, Merino blood was introducedrninto German sheep in the borders with France, and gradually these large meat Merinos were kept in large numbers in the Alsace Lorraine region of France.rnThis breed became known as the Est a Laine, which translated means East andrnWool.

Est a Laine Merinos are an attractive, strong, large-framedrnsheep with very fine white wool. Their head is long, white in color, with long drooping ears. Their sheep is naturally polled (no horns), unlike the originalrnMerinos. Their necks have no folds or dewlap, making them easier to shear.

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About Estonian Ruhnu SheepEstonian Ruhnu

Estonian Ruhnu (also known as EestirnMaalammas) sheep were found on the small Estonian island of Ruhnu in the Gulfrnof Riga in the Baltic Sea. They are thought to have developed from sheep leftrnon Ruhnu island by Swedish-speaking inhabitants who settled on the island inrnthe fourteenth century.

Their total population was documented asrn300 in 1944. Currently they are rare, and their total population is around 30rnanimals. They are a dual-purpose animal were originally raised for both meatrnand wool.

They are medium sized sheep and most ofrnthem are white or cream colored with grayish head and legs. Some have arndistinctive ‘badgerface’ pattern. Most of the rams are polled, and only aroundrn10 percent are horned. All o ...

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About Exmoor Horn SheepExmoor Horn

Photo Source: National Sheep Association Exmoor Horn Sheep are an ancient dual purpose hill breed which has existed since time immemorial in the west of England but is well adapted to modern requirements.

They are white faced, with horns, cherry colored skin and a whiternfleece of medium length and good quality.

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About Fabrianese SheepFabrianese

Fabrianese sheep are medium-large white sheeprnbred for meat. They are polled and have a Roman nose.

They are found in Ancona Province, MarchernRegion of Italy. They originated from local Apennine crossed to Bergamascarnsheep.

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About Faroes SheepFaroes

Faroes, or Faeroes, sheep are related to Old Norwegian Icelandic, and perhaps Shetland breeds. They are not gregarious and tend to bernterritorial. Faroes forage in small groups, spreading to cover the entire area behaving somewhat like Icelandic sheep. They are small and well adapted tornmountainous terrain. Their color varies from white, grey, light red, dark red chestnut brown, to black.

However, due to the low price of wool, Faroes sheep arernsheared primarily for the comfort of the sheep. Their lambs reach a slaughterrnweight of 20 to 45 pounds at 5 months of age. A good ewe will weigh about 45rnpounds at 6 to 7 years of age. Rams weigh from 45 to 90 pounds. Bone structurernis light, but strong. They are seasonal breeders, with ...

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About Finarda SheepFinarda

Finarda Sheeprnare large white Italian sheep bred for meat found in the Piedmont and LombardyrnRegions. They are a composite of Bergamasca and Biellese sheep.

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About Finnsheep SheepFinnsheep

The Finnsheep or Finnish Landrace originatingrnin Finland in northern Europe. They are an active, hardy animal, adaptable to arnwide range of conditions. It is most generally used for crossing to increasernfertility in a standard flock. It also brings with it resistance to facialrneczema.

They are characterized by high fertility lambing rates frequently exceed 200 percent) and white, lustrous, bulkyrnfleece. Other recognition features are its naturally short tail, its clear wool-free face, and its pink nose.

Besides its good, fine-wooled fleece, theyrnproduce very lean meat.

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About Florida Cracker SheepFlorida Cracker

Image: <a href= class = body target=_blank></a> Florida Crackers are one of thernoldest breeds of sheep in North America. It is believed that they were developedrnfrom sheep that the Spanish first brought to the southeastern United States inrnthe 1500''s. They developed largely through natural selection under humidrnsemitropical range conditions in Florida. Prior to the end of open range inrn1949, they were allowed to free range.  

In the middle of the lastrncentury, the emphasis on high input agriculture caused the sheep industry tornturn to breeds of sheep, which were larger in size and produced more wool andrnmeat. This caused the numbers of Florida Cracker sheep to decline dramaticallyrnendangering its very existence. Now, with renewed interest in low-inputrnsustainable ...

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About Frabosana SheepFrabosana

Frabosana sheeprnare from the Ligurian Alps, Province of Cuneo (Piedmont Region), Italy. Theyrnare medium-sized white, sometimes brown, diary sheep. They are rustic andrnfrugal, with a characteristic snub-nosed profile and flattened horns spiral-shaped in males and backwards in females.

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About Gaddi SheepGaddi

Gaddi are medium-sized sheep native to India. They are onernof the 8 different sheep breeds found in the northern temperate area of India. Theyrnare raised mainly for wool production. They are mainly found in Kistwar and hadarwah tehsils in Jammu province of Jammu andKashmir, Ramnagar, Udampur and Kullurnand the Kangra valleys of Himachal Pradesh and Dehradun. Nainital Tehri-Garhwal and Chamoli districts of Uttar Pradesh. 

They are generally uncolored and white, although they can bernfound in mixed tan, black and brown. The rams are horned, and their horns arernusually large. But the ewes are usually polled, and are found only 10-15rnpercent horned. Their tail is small and thin, and their ears are short.  

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About Galician SheepGalician

Galician, or Ovella galega, sheep are from Galicia region ofrnSpain. 

They are small sheep. Their coat is either all white orrnblack. The ewes have smaller horns and those are generally diminutive if theyrnexist at all. While the rams have relatively large horns, in the form ofrndouble-spirals. There are two separate ecotypes, Montana, of the ''high areas'' as well as Marinano of the ''low areas''.

Their total population has dwindled significantly, but theirrnnumbers have improved notably in the last few years. Their total number wasrn4548 in 2012, across 110 farms. Among those animals, 3862 were ewes and 686 werernrams. Today they only exist in smaller, isolated communities throughout thernGalicia region. But they we ...

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About Galway SheepGalway

Galway sheep are from Galway, in the west of Ireland. Theyrnwere developed in the West of Ireland, as a result of the importation ofrnEnglish Longwools from the late 17th century onwards. From the middle of thern18th century Robert Bakewell''s Dishley Leicester, also known as the New orrnImproved Leicester, was exported to Ireland in large numbers, in particular tornthe estate of Bakewell''s associate, Lord Roscommon, and later Lord Sheffield.

The breed which developed was for many years known as thernRoscommon, and a Flock Book of Roscommon Long-Wool Sheep was established inrn1895, surviving until at least the 1920s. The Roscommon was a large white-faced polled breed and, though classified as Longwool, did not have thernvery long s ...

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About Ganjia SheepGanjia

Ganjia are meat sheep from China (NorthrnChina; Xiahe, Gansu).

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About Gansu Alpine Fine-wool SheepGansu Alpine Fine-wool

Gansu Alpine Finewool sheep is one of a number of finewoolrnbreeds in China related to Xinjiang Finewool, as well as Russian Merino sheep. Gansu lpine Finewools were initially based on Mongolian and Tibetan ewes and wasrndeveloped through backcrossing to Merino type, followed by selection.

They were developed in the Huangchen District of GansurnProvince, China, which has an altitude of 2,600 to 4,000 m (8,530-13,123 ft) an annual mean temperature of 0 to 3.8C (32-39F), an annual precipitation ofrn257 to 461 mm, and an average humidity of 35 to 58 percent. The sheep are wellrnadapted to this particular ecological condition. The average weight of greasernfleece in ewes is about 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs), and the wool quality is 60-64''s 20-25m ...

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About Garessina SheepGaressina

Garessina, also known as Muma or Garessio, sheep are anrnItalian transhumant (migrating) meat breed found in southeastern Cuneo Province Piedmont), mainly in Val Tanaro and Val d''Inferno. They are classified as an pennine breed, and show traces of Merino and French Alpine ancestry. About 90%rnof them are slaughter as lambs and about 10% are raised for wool. Very rarelyrnthey are raised to make cheese from their milk. On the average, ewes lamb twicernin three years.

Unfortunately they are considered endangered.

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About Garfagnina White SheepGarfagnina White

Garfagnina whiternsheep are a composite of different breeds of the Appennine group; Garfagnana and North-western Toscana. They are small white goats bred for milk and meatrnand are well adapted to the local environment (hills).

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About Gentile di Puglia SheepGentile di Puglia

Gentile di Puglia sheep, also known as Merino dirnPuglia, Pugliese Migliorata, Merino d''Italia, or Merino Gentile, are arnfine-wooled breed from the Puglia region of southern Italy. They were initiallyrndeveloped in the 15th century but their primary improvement was from the 18thrncentury, onward. They were developed from Spanish Merino crossed with localrnbreeds. Saxony and Rambouillet breeds was introduced during the 19th century.rnIn the last half century the number of head has dramatically decreased.

Gentile di Puglia sheep are white and raised for meat and wool. They are traditionally reared in the hill pasturesrnfrom the lat ...

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About German Blackheaded Mutton SheepGerman Blackheaded Mutton

German Blavkhead mutton, or Schwarzkopf Fleischschaf, are from Westphalia Germany.

They are medium-sized, white sheep that are wide and long withrndark-brown to black head, ears, and legs. They grow crossbred wool with a tightrnand firm staple that protects them in a wet climate.

In 1850, blackheaded meat breeds, such as Leicester, Southdown and Hampshire were imported from England into Saxony to be crossed with localrnbreeds. Thirty years later, breeding of these sheep started more in Westfaliarnand Easte russia than in Saxony. The Merinofleischschaf (Merino muttonrnsheep) was prevalent in Saxony.

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About German Gray Heath SheepGerman Gray Heath

German Gray Heath sheep are the symbol of the Lueneburger Heide inrnGermany. Their ancestors, the Mouflon were at home in Corsica. Single lambs arernborn in spring with a curly, black fleece. After the sheep’s first yearlyrnshearing, its wool turns silver gray with a black bib. Head and legs are blackrnand free of wool. Rams weigh up to 80 kg (176 lbs) and have imposing horns thatrncurl close to the face. Ewes weigh about 45 kg (100 lbs) and have short horns.

Their meat tastes like venison. The dual-coated fleece of a ewernweighs 2.2 kg (4.4 lbs.), of a ram 4 kg (8.8 lbs).. The coarse, straight outerrncoat is 25 cm (11.4 in.) long. The downy underwool grows 6 cm (2.7 in) long andrnhas a fiber diameter of 25-30 microns. The wool u ...

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About German Merino SheepGerman Merino

German Merino sheep have a large frame, a straight head with arnsmall woolly tuft on top, no horns, and rough, large ears that stick out to thernside, with legs free of wool.

In the 18th century, Southern German Landsheep were crossed withrnFrench and Spanish Merinos, which produced the German Merino, or Merinolandschaf.rnThey are the most common sheep breed in Germany today, at 40% of the totalrnGerman sheep population.

German Merino were developed from the dual- coated Zaupelschaf which already in 1539 was not liked because it produced inferior wool. For thatrnreason it was crossed with the Marschschaf from the Lower Rhine. This sheep wasrnlarge, prolific, and could march, and its wool had a fiber diameter of 33 to 36rnm ...

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About German Mutton Merino SheepGerman Mutton Merino

German Mutton Merino are well suited for intense production inrnarid or in agricultural areas. They are highly resistant and easily adapts tornany climate and keeping conditions. They grow easily with a good meat yield.rnNon- seasonal breeding cycle (3 breedings in 2 years), high fecundity, and goodrnmothering instincts make the Merinofleischschaf a good choice for intensernmilk-lamb production.

There are three German Merino breeds: Merinolandschaf (Merinornlandsheep), Merinofleischschaf (Merino mutton sheep), and Merinolangwollschaf Merino longwool sheep). Although all three breeds produce Merino wool and arernsimilar in meat yield, they went through a different historical andrngenealogical development. The Merinofleischschaf is a ...

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About German Whiteheaded Mutton SheepGerman Whiteheaded Mutton

German Whiteheaded Mutton, or Deutsches WeibkopfigesrnFleischschaf,  was developed along thernNorth Sea coast in the middle of the last century. English Leicester, Cotswold Hampshire, and Oxfordshire were imported and crossbred with the localrnWilstermarschschaf, a northern German marsh sheep. Breeders succeeded inrnretaining the wanted qualities of the marsh sheep, such as high fecundity, fastrndevelopment, and large size. In the 1930''s, a new breed, the German WhiteheadedrnMutton started to roam the grassy areas next to the North Sea.  

They are the perfect breed to withstand the rough, damp searnclimate and suited for life on the dikes. The sheep fatten on the lush dikerngrass, pound down the earth and encourage new g ...

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About Ghezel SheepGhezel

Ghezel (also Known By: Kizil-Karaman, Mor-Karaman, Dugli Erzurum, Chacra, Chagra, Chakra, Gesel, Gezel, Kazil, Khezel, Khizel, Kizil Qezel, Qizil, and Turkish Brown) originated in northwestern Iran andrnnortheastern Turkey. Their fleece is red and has sections of black red or lightrnred. They are used for both meat and wool production. The males are usuallyrnhornless and the females are always hornless.  

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About Gotland SheepGotland

Gotland Sheep are fine-boned and medium-sized. They have a hornless black head, free from wool sometimes with white markings. Bold eyes, alert medium sided ears. Small, neatrnmuzzle with even jaw. Slender neck and shoulders set smoothly into a level backrnwith generous length, good depth and reasonable breadth of body. Slender blackrnlegs well-spaced and upright. Short hair-tipped tail. Dense long lustrous greyrnfleece, occasionally black, white or brown. Clearly defined even curl andrnstaple, soft to handle. Calm friendly disposition. Average mature ewe weighsrn55-70kg, rams 75-85kg.

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About Grey Troender SheepGrey Troender

Grey Troender are medium-sized sheep from Trondelag regionrnof Norway. They were developed, in the late 19th century, fromrnthe crossbreeding of native landrace sheep with the now extinct Tautra sheep.

They are most commonly found in shades of grey withrndistinctive white markings under their eyes. Although, brown, black, and whiternwoolled animals are also occasionally seen. Their wool is uniform with a minimumrnfiber diameter of 32.3 mm, and around 2-3 kg average weight. Both rams and ewesrnare usually polled and they have half-long or variable length tails. They weighrnfrom 70 to 80 kg.

Today, they are a very rare breed with approximately 50rnindividual animals available (nearly all residing within Norway); howe ...

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About Greyface Dartmoor SheepGreyface Dartmoor

Greyface Dartmoor, also known as the Dartmoor or Improved Dartmoor, sheep are descended from local breeds, which grazed the low ground inrnand around Dartmoor. They have immense strength of constitution developedrnthrough withstanding the severe winters and exposed conditions, which existrnaround the Moor. Improvements were carried out during the 19th century usingrnthe local Longwools (Notts) and the Leicester.

Dartmoor fleece is classified as Lustre Longwool. They are arnmedium sized sheep (approx. 60 kg/132 lbs), hornless, deep bodied, shortrnlegged, with well woolled head and legs. The white face should be mottled orrnspotted with black or grey with matching feet.

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About Gromark SheepGromark

Gromark Sheep development began in 1965 in northern NewrnSouth Wales, Australia. Gromark are approximately 50 percent Corriedale and 50rnpercent Border Leicester. They are a dual-purpose sheep which evolved fromrnobjective selection for high growth rate and fertility with final selectionrnbeing based on visual criteria: wool quality, frame, and carcass attributes.

Gromark sheep are large-framed (ewes average 80 kg/175 lb) producing largernlean lambs and good fleeces with wool fiber diameter being about 30 microns. 

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About Guirra SheepGuirra

Guirra, also known as Sudat and Levant Red, sheep are fromrnSpain. They are found mainly in the Mediterranean coast of the Spanishrnprovinces of Alicante, Castellon de la Plana and Valencia. Their early history isrnunknown; but according to some authors, they were developed from crossings of Manchegarnwith thin-tailed North African sheep brought to the Mediterranean coast. In thernpast they were bred to produce meat, milk, and wool. But today, they are raisedrnprimarily for meat production.

Guirra sheep are small to medium sized, with red and whiterncoloration. The lambs have a reddish-brown fleece, but their wool lightens to arnred and cream color mixed fleece as they mature. Their ears are medium sizedrnwhich project horizontally ...

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About Gulf Coast Native SheepGulf Coast Native

Spanish sheep first arrived in Florida in the 1500''s. Laterrnimportations of Spanish and other breeds of sheep mixed with the earlierrnpopulation, all evolving under the strong natural selection of the native rangernconditions of Florida and the other Gulf Coast states. Today a remnant of thisrnpopulation survives and is known as Gulf Coast sheep.

Gulf Coast sheep are best known for their resistance torninternal parasites. The Florida Agricultural Experiment Station in Gainesvillernhas a flock which has been maintained without the use of anthelmintics sincern1962. The Gulf Coast Native is classified as a "critical" breed byrnthe American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

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About Gute SheepGute

Gute sheep are the most primitive breed in the collection ofrnbreeds that make up the Swedish Landrace breed group. These breeds belong tornthe North European Short Tailed Breeds and are related to such breeds as thernFinnsheep, Romanov, Spelsau, Shetland, Faroe, Orkney, and Icelandic sheep.  

Both rams and ewes have two well-developed, slightly turned converging or diverging, symmetrical horns which are strongly curved and deeplyrnringed. The rams'' horns are large and strong; the ewes'' are thinner. Gute woolrnis coarse and may be straight or wavy. It is a mixture of fine wool, longrncoarser hair, and kemp fibers. Most sheep shed their fleece partly or entirelyrnin the beginning of the summer.

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About Hampshire SheepHampshire

Hampshire Sheep''s face and ears are a rich dark brown, approachingrnblack, with wool over the poll and forehead. Wool is white with an averagernstaple length. Body deep and symmetrical with ribs well sprung, broad, straightrnback, flat loins, wide rump and deep heavily muscled hind legs and breast. Legsrnbeing strongly jointed and powerful are set well apart. Average mature ewernweighs 80kg, rams 120kg.

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About Han SheepHan

Han are a type of Mongolian sheep. They were developed inrnthe semi-humid agricultural areas of China (Henan, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui andrnJiangsu Provinces). There are two types of Han which in 1982, were claimed asrntwo different breeds: Large-tail Han and Small-tail Han. The Large-tail Han arernpolled and are characterized by a long, broad, fat tail, with a thin twistedrnend turning upwards between two lobes, and broadest at the base. Maximum weightrnbeing 25 kg.  

Since the tail is too heavy for the sheep to move aroundrneasily during grazing, this type (or breed) is only adaptable to the plains.rnHan sheep are precocious and highly prolific, their fecundity levels being 163%rnfor the Large-tail Han and 229% for the Small-t ...

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About Hanzhong SheepHanzhong

Hanzhongrnare meat sheep from Ningqiang, Lueyang and Mianxian county, and Shanxi province China.   Adult males weigh 35 kg, females 31 kg. Theirrnwool is 30-38 microns in diameter and is  8-10 cm long.

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About Harnai SheepHarnai

Harnai are a fat tail, mutton andrnwool type sheep. They are found in parts of Loralai, Quetta, Sibi and Zhobrndistricts in Baluchistan Province. They are medium size with a white body coatrnwith a black or tan spotted head and ears. The wool yield is 2.6 kg (medium;rnfiber diameter 33.4m). They have a compact body with a small fat tail, highrnfiber density.

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About Hasht Nagri SheepHasht Nagri

Hasht Nagri are a fat tailed mutton and wool type. They arernfound in the Hasht Nagar tract in NWF Province of Pakistan. They are mediumrnsized with a white body coat and their head and face either partially orrncompletely black or tan. 

Their wool yield is 1.5 kg (medium; fiber diameter 36.7m).rnThey have a compact body with short legs. Their hanging fat tail may reach theirrnfetlock. 

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About Hazaragie SheepHazaragie

Hazaragie sheep are from Central fghanistan. They are a fat-tailed meat breed with carpet quality wool. Theyrnare usually reddish-brown but individuals which are black or white with a brownrnbelly are also seen. Both sexes are polled.

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About Hebridean SheepHebridean

Hebridean Sheep are a small, hardy breed with fine bones and arntail reaching no lower than the hocks. Both sexes are horned, and about 10% ofrnanimals have four or more horns. Occasionally polled ewes are to be seen butrnthese are genetically four horned and usually produce horned lambs. The animalsrnare entirely black, though the fleece usually goes grey with age. Lambs mayrnhave a dark brown appearance because the tips of the fleece have been bleachedrnby the sun. The wool has a stiff, springy quality. It sheds water easily. Thernface and legs are free of wool. Ewes lamb very easily. The Hebridean is a veryrnactive and long-lived sheep, ewes often still lambing well at ten years orrnmore. It thrives on all types of grazing and responds w ...

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About Heidschnucke SheepHeidschnucke

Heidschnucke are a fairly small sheep, initially originatingrnfrom Niedersachsen in Germany. There are several varieties of Heidschnuckernsheep: the grey horned Heidschnucke, the white horned Heidschnucke, and thernmoorschnucke (marsh sheep). At one time, the Heidschnucke were the mostrnimportant sheep in northern Germany, but their numbers have declinedrnsubstantially.

rnLambs are black at birth, but their fleece discolors theirrnfirst year of life, until it gets its characteristic grey color. Both rams andrnewes have beautiful horns. Lambing percentage is usually low, only about 100rnpercent.

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About Herbert SheepHerbert

Wild sheep or bushies have long been known to occur inrnthe area around the headwaters of the Waianakarua River, inland from Herbertrnand Hampden, in North Otago, NZ. This area is at the southern end of thernKakanui Mountains and the northern end of the Horse Range. They originated from stragglers that escaped muster on sheep farms, and although occasionallyrnshot, were largely left alone. From about the 1970s serious efforts were madernto eradicate these feral animals, partly to facilitate development of some ofrnthe land, and partly because of the perceived damage they were causing tornpatches of native forest. About this time, some were re-domesticated, largelyrnfor their novelty value.

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About Herdwick SheepHerdwick

Herdwicks Sheep are a sturdy, strong bonedrnbreed. The rams in particular have a broad chest, noticeably thick-set legs andrnmay have strong horns, although as many as 20% are polled or have relativelyrnsmall amounts of horn growth. The female sheep are somewhat finer boned andrnshould not have any sign of horns. Purebred Herdwick lambs are born largelyrnblack often with tips of white on their ears. As they age, the heads and legs become white and the fleece assumes arncolor ranging from a slate blue-grey to a light grey. Herdwick sheep are widelyrnconsidered to be the hardiest of all Britain''s breeds of hill sheep. Probablyrn99 per cent of Herdwick sheep are kept in commercial flocks in the central andrnwestern dales of the Lake District ...

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About Herik SheepHerik

Herik (also known as Amasya Herik, or Heregi) are shortrnfat-tail sheep from northern Anatolia inrnTurkey. They are a carpet wool breed also used for meat and dairy production.rnThey are similar to Daglic sheep. They are usually white with dark spots on theirrnhead. The males are horned and the females are usually polled.

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About Hill Radnor SheepHill Radnor

Hill Radnor Sheep are a native hill or mountain breed mostrncommonly found in the Border counties running from the North of Powys down tornSouth West Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. It is a heavy breed which has goodrnbody length and width in its hind quarters, standing on well set legs with anrnabundance of bone. At birth the lambs are full of vitality, exceptionally wellrncoated and gain excellent body weight. Lambing percentages vary under differentrnconditions but the breed can easily average around 155%. The Hill Radnor is arnhealthy breed free from many of the contagious and hereditary diseases whichrnoften affect other breeds.

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About Hog Island SheepHog Island

About 200 years ago, a flock of sheep was established on HogrnIsland, one of Virginia''s barrier islands located off its Eastern Shore. Thernsheep were already native to the area and are believed to have had arnsubstantial amount of Merino blood in them. There were occasional subsequentrnintroductions to the population, the last being in 1953, when a Hampshire ramrnwas taken to the island. In 1974, the island was sold to The NaturernConservancy, which decided to remove all the sheep and cattle.rn

rnGunston Hall Plantation in Fairfax County, Virginia eventually became the owner of the greater number of these sheep and exhibitedrnthem as part of their replication of 18th century plantation life. Hog Islandrnsheep evolved and survive ...

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About Hokonui SheepHokonui

Hokonio Sheep are from the Hokonui hills inrnthe heart of Southland, New Zealand, where they have made the rugged andrnisolated Hokonui Hills their home for more than a century.

At one time more than 2000 Merino sheeprnroamed the hills. Today only about 100 remain feral. Another 100 to 150 arernbeing retained in domestic flocks.

Wild sheep were known to occur in this arearnas early as 1863 - only a few years after the first Merinos had been brought tornthe district.

Re-domesticated Hokonui sheep continue torndisplay feral behavior patterns. They build strong family groups, and quiternfrequently a junior ram will stand guard over a younger lamb while the motherrngoes off to feed.

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About Hu SheepHu

Hu sheep originated from Mongolian sheep. They are distributed in the Zhejiang Jiangsu provinces of China and the suburbs of Shanghai. Hu sheep are well recognized for their beautiful wavy lambskins, early sexual maturity, aseasonal breeding, prolificacy, and the adaptability to a hot and humid climate. Hu sheep are raised indoors all year round. The lambskins taken from lambs slaughtered within the day of birth have distinctive wave-like stripes which are still retained after processing.

Hu sheep lambskins are traditional export item of Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces. The first estruses in ewes occur at the age of 4-5 months. Rams are capable of mating at the age of 4 months. Ewes cycle all year round. The average ovulation rate is ...

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About Icelandic SheepIcelandic

Icelandic Sheep are a medium-sized, upstanding sheep, with arnlight frame and a naturally short fluke-shaped tail. Although the majority ofrnthem are horned in both sexes, polled rams and ewes are common. The horns ofrnthe ram are strong and well rounded; the ewe''s horns are finer and usuallyrnswept back. Four horned sheep are found occasionally in Iceland, but none havernoccurred in the UK. The fleece consists of a dual coat of very fine under-woolrnand an outer coat of long hairs and is found in all the natural colors, includingrna wide range of browns. Broken colored sheep are common, the patterns rangingrnfrom limited markings, such as speckled, to large patches of color on a whiternbackground or the reverse. Darker dorsal stripes are ...

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About Ile-de-France SheepIle-de-France

Photographer: Renáta Bense Ile-de-France Sheep have a strong head with a broad forehead polled with protruding sockets, face of medium length, lips and nose ratherrnthick. The profile is straight, slightly concave for the ram, with large ears horizontal or standing slightly upwards, covered with thin short hair. The bodyrnis wide and large, broad and deep chested. It has a close white fleece. Whiterncovering covers the top of the head and extends down to or slightly above thernorbital arches, frames the face, extends to just above the knees of thernforelegs, covers the chest and belly, extends over the buttock to the hock ofrnthe hind legs. Average mature ewe weighs 70-90kg, rams 110-150kg.

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About Imroz SheepImroz

Imrov (also known as Gokceada) Sheep are among the smallest sheep breeds in Turkey.rnThey are raised for meat, milk, and wool. They are predominantly white, withrnblack marks around the mouth, nose and eyes, on the ears and rarely on the tiprnof the legs.  

Their tail is thin and long, usually reaching below thernhocks. Rams have strong spiral horns extending sideways; ewes are usuallyrnpolled, but up to 30% of the ewes may have small scurs. Their head are narrowrnand its profile is straight. Their wool is very coarse and long, and it coversrnthe top of the head.

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About INRA 401 SheepINRA 401

The creation of the INRA 401 sheep bloodline began in Francernin 1970, after a series of experiments crossing the Berrichon du Cher andrnRomanov which began in 1963 with the Romanov breed.  

Matings were carried out for several successive generations between breeding stock of the same generation chosen in priority to maintainrnthe origins represented in the foundation generation. The INRA 401 is a highlyrnproductive ewe, with a 200 percent prolificacy, excellent out-of-seasonrnfertility, good milk production, and outstanding mothering ability.

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About Istrian milk SheepIstrian milk

Istrian Milk or Istriana or Carsolina, sheep are milk sheep from the Istria and Karst regions of Italy. The Istria sheeprnbreeders have traditionally bred domestic, autochthonous (indigenous) sheep which they called Istriana orrnCarsolina. Through the years they have bred Istrian sheep mainly for theirrnunusual and distinct long-stepping walk and the ability to graze in rockyrnterrain. While they will graze even on dry old grass, they are quite skillfulrnat finding fresh grass between rocks.

Istrian sheep arernfound in the provinces of Udine, Gorizia, Trieste (Friuli-Venezia Giulia -rnItaly) and Slovenia.

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About Jacob SheepJacob

Jacob Sheep were traditionally a parkland breed but it isrnnow much more widespread and is found in every part of the British Isles and inrnseveral countries around the world. It is an alert and attractive sheep beingrnupstanding and deep bodied. Its white fleece has well defined black patches the head and neck being mostly black with a white blaze. Both sexes are hornedrnwith either two or four horns. Jacob ewes are hardy and excellent mothers whornmilk well, frequently having twins or triplets. The finished lamb is tender andrnlean with an excellent flavor with a good meat to bone ratio, which is nowrnsought after by butchers nationwide. The fleece has a great appeal to spinnersrnand weavers.

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About Jezersko Solcava SheepJezersko Solcava

Jezersko Solcava, or Jezerskosolflorinavska, sheep wererndeveloped by the crossbreeding of native white sheep with Bergamasca and Padovarnsheep. They resemble the Austrian Bergschaf that has a similar origin. They gotrntheir name from the breeding centers of Jezersko and Solflorinava. Their headrnhas a convex profile and hanging ears. Their legs are long and strong. Jezersko-Solcavarnsheep are very convenient for lambrnproduction in the Alpine and Pre-Alpine region.  

Since 1980, Jezersko Solcava sheep haves been crossed withrnRomanovska sheep, and the number of pure breed animals has been decreasedrnquickly. Therefore, a special program on preservation the pure breed has beenrnstarted in 1991. An ewe has 1.42 lambs per la ...

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About Kamieniec SheepKamieniec

Kamieniec are a dual-purpose medium-wool sheep from Poland.rnThey were developed between 1954 and 1965 in the Kamieniec farm of the BreedingrnCenter in Susz, near Olsztyn. The starting point was a flock of primitive ewesrnof the Pomeranian type, from individual farms in the regions of Gdansk andrnKoszalin or brought from settlers from the East. They were initially crossedrnwith Leine and Texel rams, and then mated to Romney Marsh rams.

After selection, the progeny was interbred in order tornobtain genetic consolidation of the required traits and a more uniform type.rnSheep of this strain have rather large, deep, and broad bodies. Their woolrncovering much of the body is uniform in quality, with long staples and hghrnclean ...

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About Karakul SheepKarakul

Karakul Sheep are a fat-tailed (andrnfat-rumped) sheep characteristic of the Middle East as well as southern Asiarnand North Africa (although they were found as far south as the African Cape byrnthe seventeenth century). As the general name implies, they are distinguishedrnby an accumulation of fat in the tail and around the rump which evolved as arnstore of food necessary for survival in a harsh, drought-prone environment.

Descriptions of such sheep can be found inrnthe earliest records of British exploration, but they have been known and bredrnfor thousands of years as is witnessed by Biblical reference to the type. The ook of Leviticus records that a ram was bought for a burnt offering. After itrnwas slain, Moses "took the fa ...

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About Karayaka SheepKarayaka

Karayaka are multi-purpose sheep from Turkey. They are goodrnfor producing both meat and milk, and their wool is also used in carpets. Theyrnare mostly found in the northern Anatolia in Turkey, and are stronglyrnidentified with the village of Karayaka. They are also found along the easte half of the Black Sea coast, especially in Giresun, Ordu, Sinop, Samsun, andrnTokat. And they are also raised in Duzce, in the region of Western Black sea.rnThe quality of grazing in the areas where these animals are distributed isrnquite high. And grazing season in these areas is longer than in most of thernother regions. Flock size of the Karayaka sheep varies from 5 to 200 heads. Thernflocks are usually smaller in size in the coastal areas and larger in ...

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About Katahdin SheepKatahdin

The development of the breed began in the late 1950''s withrnthe importation of a small number of haired sheep from the Caribbean by MichaelrnPiel of Maine. The Piel Farm had several thousand sheep at the time and Pielrnfelt that progress in selection for traits important to the production of meatrnwould be greatly enhanced by the elimination of wool as a major factor forrnselection. His goal was to combine the hair coat, prolificacy, and hardinessrnof the Virgin Island sheep with the meat conformation and rate of growth ofrnwool breeds. He began to experiment with crosses between the hair sheep andrnvarious British breeds, especially Suffolk. After almost 20 years of crossingrnthe resulting hybrids “in every conceivable combination” an ...

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About Kelso SheepKelso

Kelso sheep are one of several composite breeds developed inrnNew Zealand. Unlike traditional breeds, which are bred for appearance as wellrnas productivity, composites are bred for productive traits alone. Kelso sheeprnare continually being upgraded and modified to meet changing market needs.

Kelso is a sheep genetics company which has developed twornlarge scale breeding programs over the last 50 years. The Kelso (Maternal Sire)rnand Ranger (Terminal Sire) breeding flocks are run on five farms from Gisbornernto Southland all genetically linked.

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About Kerry Hill SheepKerry Hill

Kerry Hill Sheep are a well-balanced sturdy sheep with earsrnset high and free from wool. A black nose and sharply defined black and whiternmakings on the head and legs. Both ewes and rams are hornless. It is a handsomernsheep, with a dense fleece, which is unusually white. The fleece handles wellrnand is amongst the softest of British wools. In both ewes and rams teeth shouldrnbe regular and meet the pad neither undershot nor overshot. The Kerry Hillrnsheep are good on their feet and good in their teeth. Average mature weighsrn55-65kg, rams 65-70kg.

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About Kivircik SheepKivircik

Kivircik sheep are found in northwestern Turkey, where it isrnkept for milk and meat production. Their fleece is of carpet-wool type, but theirrnwool is of better quality than the wool of all other indigenous breeds inrnTurkey.  rn

rnThey are white with white or spotted faces, similar to thernKarnobat and the Tsigai. Black and brown varieties are also found. Rams havernhorizontal spiral horns extending sideways; ewes are usually polled. Tails arernlong and thin, usually reaching the hocks.

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About Kooka SheepKooka

Kooka sheep breed originated from Pakistan.rnThey are raised for meat and wool production. They produce about 3 kg of white woolrnper year.

They have a very heavy head with a widernforehead, long hanging ears, small horns, and a medium sized mouth. The femalesrnproduce about 1 kg milk daily.

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About Lacaune SheepLacaune

Lacaune sheep are the mostrnnumerous sheep breed in France. They have been selected in France for increasedrnmilk production under a sophisticated selection program incorporatingrnartificial insemination, milk recording, and progeny testing of sires forrnlonger than any other dairy sheep breed in the world.rn

nnual genetic improvement forrnmilk yield in the French Lacaune is estimated at 2.4% or 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs).rnLacaune ewes produce milk with higher total solids than the East Friesians, butrnin slightly less volume. The sheep of the Lacaune breed produce the milk whichrnis responsible for the famous Roquefort cheese.

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About Lamon SheepLamon

Lamon sheep arernan Alpine breed, raised for meat. They large and polled with lop-ears andrnyellow-white wool. Sometimes, rarely, their face and legs are speckled brown orrnblack. Their tail is thin and hangs below the hocks. Horns are absent.

rnLamon sheep arernone of the few Italian breeds that migrate throughout the year. In the pastrnmost Lamon sheep flock migrated every year, but today, most are not migratory. TraditionallyrnLamon sheep were registration in the town of Lamon in the Belluno Province or northe Italy. They are also found in the Trentino-Alto Adige region.

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About Landschaf SheepLandschaf

Landschaf sheep are a crossrnbetween German and Dutch heath sheep and a marsh sheep. Since 1934, they havernbeen bred in the northern German Emsland area, especially in the county of entheim. The highly endangered, frugal Landschaf is used for landscapernpreservation. It is the largest of the German heath and moor sheep with longrnlegs and hard hoofs.  

They have a slender, long head Roman nose, small ears, no horns, long and woolly tail. They are white, butrndark pigmentation is permitted around the eyes, on the ears and on its legs.rnFleece weight is 3-4 kg (6.6-8.8 lbs), with a fiber diameter of 34-40 microns.

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About Langhe SheepLanghe

Langhe, or Delle Langhe, are high-quality medium-large whiterndairy sheep, originally from Langhe, Region Piedmont, Italy. Today they are foundrnin the provinces of Cuneo, Asti (Piedmont) and Savona (Liguria).

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About Lati SheepLati

Lati, also known as salt Range Sheep are raised for meat and wool in, and around, the Salt Range hills area inrnthe Punjab Province, Pakistan. They are medium size with white wool and a tanrnor tan spotted head. Their wool yield is 1.5 kg (medium; fiber diameter 34.9m)rnwith a low fiber density. They have small ears and a medium-sized fat tail.

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About Laticauda SheepLaticauda

Laticauda are arnwhite Italian sheep descended from Northern Africa sheep that have developedrnmany of their modern characteristics from subsequent crossbreeds with sheeprnfrom the Apennines. Most likely they were imported to Italy at the times ofrnCharles III. They are raised for both meat and milk. Their milk is high-qualityrnand used to produce high-quality pecorino cheese.

They are alsornknown as Barbaresca campana, Bastarda arianese, Beneventana, Casalinga Casereccia, Coda chiatta, Nostrana.

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About Latxa SheepLatxa

Latxa sheep are arnmilk sheep breed from the Basque Country of Spain. They are mostly raisedrnwithin the provinces of Biscay, Gipuzkoa, and Navarre. They are known for excellentrnquality milk production. Their unpasteurized milk is used for producingrnIdiazabal and Roncal cheeses.

Latxa sheep havernbeen managed traditionally by moving the flock to the mountain pastures in the summerrnwhen the ewes have finished lactating, with cheese-making taking place on thernfarm. Some flocks are moved while still lactating, with the animals beingrnhand-milked on the high pastures. A breeding scheme has been introduced sincern1982, and new production methods tested. And for providing earlier lambing andrnprolonging the breeding season, the artif ...

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About Leccese SheepLeccese

Leccese, or Moscia Leccese, sheeprnare most likely are related fromrnZackel sheep from Asia. The have a not-so-curled woolly hanging coat.

They have rosyrnskin and a white coat, with black spots on their breastbone. A blackrnshort-haired muzzle, and a plain black or spotted limbs.

In the past theyrnwere raised for wool, meat, and milk but today they are mainly bred for milkrnproduction.

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About Leicester SheepLeicester

Leicester Longwool Sheep are perhaps the most historicallyrnsignificant of all sheep breeds in its British homeland, and it is certainlyrnthe most famous of the longwools. It was the breed selected for development by Robert Bakewell, the most renowned and successful of all the early workersrnin the field of livestock improvement. Working at Dishley Grange inrnLeicestershire from 1755, he produced the New - or Dishley - Leicester, whichrncombined the breed''s original hardiness and excellence in the production of arnlong, heavy fleece with an increase in fattening ability and early maturation.

Unfortunately Bakewell did not record his breeding andrndevelopment methods - nor talk of them much - although there is no doubt he wasrnhugel ...

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About Leineschaf SheepLeineschaf

Leineschaf, or Leine, sheep comes from thernregion of Nordheim (Hannover), in particular from the Leine river valley (hencernthe name).

They were created through crossbreeding ofrnlocal breeds with Friesian, Merino, and Berrichon du Cher rams as well as ramsrnof the English Leicester, and Cotswold breeds. In effect, a white hornlessrnsheep of the dual purpose type was obtained. Medium-early maturing with uniformrnmedium coarse wool, it is a hardy and healthy breed, well adapted to difficultrnconditions and to walking over long distances. In Germany, the breed is nearlyrnextinct.

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About Limousine SheepLimousine

Limousine sheep are from Limousine France. They are knownrnfor their hardiness and excellent adaptability in very varied regions, notablyrnon non-chalky, acid soils. They breed notable for its female qualities: earlyrnsexual maturity, a sure aptitude for off-season breeding, maternal instinct and milk value.

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About Lincoln SheepLincoln

Lincoln Longwool Sheep are the oldest known British longwoolrnand is believed to be ancestral to all the other British longwool breeds. It isrnrecorded as already existing in an established form by 1749, in the marshyrnfenlands of Lincoln County. It was the greatest rival of the Leicester although, as they evolved in neighboring counties there is little doubt ofrntheir close relationship. Certainly there was considerable interbreeding ofrnthese two rather similar sheep.

They are the principal breed to be used with the Merino torndevelop the Corriedale. The Lincoln Longwool was eventually replaced by thernRomney in New Zealand and today it is reduced to a few thousand animals mainlyrnused for crossing to produce the Halfbred.


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About Lithuanian Black-headed SheepLithuanian Black-headed

Lithuanian Black-Headed are multipurposernsheep developed in Lithuania during the mid-20th century. They were developedrnby crossing local sheep with English Shropshire and meaty German black-headedrnrams, with the goal of combining the best characteristics of both. 

Lithuanian Black-Headed sheeprnmature early and supply homogenous semi-fine wool. They have short and whiternwool, while their head, ears, and legs are covered with black hair. They havernno horns.

In order to form productive herdsrnof thoroughbred sheep, state-run Black-Headed sheep breeding nucleus farms werernestablished in Pasvalys in 1952, and in Telsiai in 1956. In 1963 the SeduvarnExperimental Farm was launched to preserve the breed. Since its ...

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About Litla Dimun  SheepLitla Dimun

Litla Dimun sheep were a primitive, short-tailed, small black, short-wooled breed of sheep that lived in Litla Dimun (a small island between the islands of Suouroyrnand Stora Dimun in the Faroe Islands of Denmark). They becamernextinct during the mid-19th century.

They were a feral sheep, probably derived from the earliestrnsheep brought to Northern Europe in the Neolithic Period. The last of thesernsheep were shot in the 1860s.

They were similar in appearance and origin to the survivingrnSoay sheep, from the island of Soay in the St. Kilda archipelago off the westrncoast of Scotland. The sheep now living on Lítla Dímun are Faroes sheep, a morerndomesticated breed.

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About Livo SheepLivo

Livo sheep arearnan indigenous breed from the Valle di Livo in the Lombardy Region of northe Italy. They are medium-sized, have yellow wool, and are raised for meat.

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About Llandovery Whiteface SheepLlandovery Whiteface

Llandovery Whiteface Hill Sheep are an elite hill breed of sheep.rnThe rams have tremendous scale for a hill breed possessing good length andrndepth and can be either horned or moiled (without horns).  The sheep haverna dense fleece able to withstand the elements of the harsh uplandrnenvironment.  Both rams and ewes have a clean white face.   Forrngenerations the Llandovery Whiteface Hill Sheep has been bred to live andrnthrive in the areas surrounding the Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire withrnLlandovery the central market where the sheep have been sold.

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About Llanwenog SheepLlanwenog

Llanwenog are blackfaced and polled with tuft of clean wool on thernforehead, this is a white fleeced, compact sheep with well sprung ribs, arnstrong loin and thighs. Ears should be fairly short and thin, slightlyrnelevated. Average mature ewe weighs 56kg, rams 90kg.

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About Lleyn SheepLleyn

Lleyn Sheep are a medium sized lowland sheep weighing up to 70kgrnat maturity, renowned for their hardiness, prolificacy, easy lambing, strongrnmothering instinct, milkiness and easy handling. The wool is white free fromrnany colored fibers or kemp and is of good length, dense and of high quality.rnHeads must be feminine and warm white in color with wide foreheads. Brightrnlively eyes and a black nose. Medium sized ears with black spots are desirablernwith the base of the ear starting from the wool. The back should be long withrnwell sprung ribs and broad loins. Legs, which are warm white in color, shouldrnbe well set with no wool lower that the hock. Rams must be naturally polled.

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About Lohi SheepLohi

Lohi are large sheep with veryrnlong ears. Their meat is considered to be very tasty and their  hair is very long and grained.

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About Lonk SheepLonk

Lonk Sheep are one of the largest native hill breeds, their facernand legs are pure black and white. The fleece is trim and even from head tornskirting, white and free from kemp. Both sexes are horned. Average mature ewernweighs 45-54kg, rams 75-91kg.

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About Manchega SheepManchega

Manchega sheep are developed from Entrefino sheep and have arndouble production use: milk and sheep meat. Among this breed, there are twornaccepted varieties: black and white. The latter one makes up more than 90% ofrnthe animals. The average milk production is 100 liters (26.4 gallons) perrnanimal a year, being markedly seasonal during the months of April, May andrnJune.

Manchego cheese is the most important and well-known sheep’s milk cheesernin Spain. True Manchega cheese is made only from whole milk of the Manchegarnsheep raised in the ‘La Mancha’ region. This region is a vast high plateau more than 600 meters (1,969 ft) above sea level.

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About Manx Loaghtan SheepManx Loaghtan

ManxrnLoaghtan sheep are found on the Isle of Man off the coast of Great Britain. Theyrnare member of the Northern Short-tailed group, similar to the Hebridean, butrnslightly larger. Their wool is chocolate brown with paler tips. Manx Loaghtan sheeprnare descended from the primitive sheep once found throughout Scotland and therncoastal islands of Britain.

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About Marrana SheepMarrana

Marrana sheep arernraised for meat and have yellow, or sometimes light brown, wool. They are arncomposite of different breeds of the Appennin; in recent decades there havernbeen many crosses with Bergamasca and Biella sheep. They are from the Ligurian lps, Italy.

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About Marwari SheepMarwari

Marwari sheep are from Marwad, India. They are similar to black-headedrnPersian sheep but they are smaller and have better fleece. They are found in thernJodhpur, Jalore, Nagaou, Peli and Barmer districts, extending up to Ajmer andrnUdaipur districts of Rajasthan and the Jeoria region of Gujarat. They are beingrnimproved through selection for fleece weight and carpet quality.    

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About Masham SheepMasham

Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hillrnfarms in the Northern Counties of England. They are produced by crossing arnTeeswater ram onto either a Dalesbred or Swaledale ewe, both hardy hill breeds.rnIt is from these parent breeds that the Masham gains its hardiness, longevity heavy milking qualities, strong mothering instincts and high prolificacy.

Masham ewes are medium-sized and hornless. They have a goodrnreputation for the ability to perform well in a wide variety of circumstances.rnProducing quality lambs is what she is bred for with an added bonus of a longrnstapled fleece. Average mature adult weighs 75kg.

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About Massese SheepMassese

Massese sheep arernraised for carpet wool, milk, and meat production. They belog to the Apenninerngroup and are similar to Garfagnina sheep. They are from Versilia inrnNorth-western Toscana, central Italy.

Massese sheep arernmedium-sized and have grey or brown wool with a dark head. oth sexes are horned andrnhave a distinctive roman-nose.

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About Matesina SheepMatesina

Matesina sheeprnare an indigenous breed, descended from Gentile di Puglia and Appenninicarnsheep. They arefrom province ofrnCaserta, Campania, in southern Italy.rn

They arernmedium-sized (males 65 cm, females 60 cm, at the withers) with white-brownrnwool. They are raised for meat, wool, and milk.

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About Meatlinc SheepMeatlinc

Meatlinc Sheep are a British breed, in the terminal sire category developed from a breeding program originated by Henry Fell in 1963. Originally a mixture of chosen individualsrnfrom five breeds, two British and three French, the Meatlinc evolved as arnresult of many years of rigorous and disciplined selection based on performancernrecording carried out under strictly commercial conditions. The breed was closedrnto any further use of outside genetic material in 1975. It is thus a genuinernpure breed with recognizable uniformity.  

They are amongstrnthe biggest of the British breeds, a mature ram weighing 140 kg (over 300 lbs).rnTheir face is white, have tight wool, with great length and heavy hindquarters. rn

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About Meatmaster SheepMeatmaster

In the early 1990''s, determined to utilize the advantages ofrnthe indigenous fat-tailed hair breeds and realizing the huge gap between thernfat-tailed breeds and the well-muscled British and European breeds and the needrnfor a truly good pure hair breed with good meat qualities, a group of South frican farmers decided to develop a composite breed.

rnVarious fat-tailed breeds were thus crossed withrnwell-muscled breeds and the dream of the Meatmaster emerged. Meatmaster sheeprnare selected solely for economic factors under natural conditions. They havernbeen exported to Namibia, Australia, and Canada. The Meatmaster must just haverna percentage of Damara blood in it. The rest can be that of any other sheeprnbreed.

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About Mehraban SheepMehraban

Mehraban sheep are from the western province of Hamadan, inrnIran; where they are the predominant breed. They are raised primarily for meatrnproduction. There is approximately 3 million heads.  

They are known for multiple births, fertility, and a high survivalrnrate from birth to weaning. Their wool is a light brown carpet wool qualityrnwhich was favored in Persian carpets.

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About Merinizzata Italiana SheepMerinizzata Italiana

Merinizzata Italiana are a buautiful newly-developed breed of sheep. They wererndeveloped by crossbreeding Italian Merinos, Gentile di Puglia e Sopravissana with European Merinos (Ile de Frace, Berichonne du Cher, Merinolandschaf etc.). The cross breedings were made to develop sheep ideal for meatrnproduction. They have a white coat and rosy skin.

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About Merino SheepMerino

Merino Sheep are one of the most popular breeds ofrnsheep worldwide. Merino Sheep are raised predominately for woolrnproduction. Their wool is prized for being very soft and comfortable againstrnthe skin. MerinornSheep originated in Spain, but the modern Merino was domesticated in Australia.rn

Merino Sheep are excellent foragers and very adaptable. MerinornSheep need to be shorn at least once a year because their wool does not stoprngrowing. If their coat is allowed to grow, it can cause heat stress, mobilityrnissues, and blindness.

There are multiple sub-species of Merin
Poll Merino – this is a comparatively new addition to thernbreed of merino sheep. It is bred for the ease of handling and lack of horns onrnthe r ...

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About Merinolandschaf SheepMerinolandschaf

Merinolandschaf, also known as Wurttemberger, sheep are arnGerman variety of Merino. They constitute about 30% of the sheep population inrnGermany and are the most common commercial breed. They descend from Merinornsheep first brought to Saxony in 1765.

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About Miniature Cheviot SheepMiniature Cheviot

Cheviotrnsheep originated in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland. They werernintroduced to the U.S. in 1838. Border Cheviots are small, hardy sheep that spendrntheir lives on the moors. In the U.S., they have become larger than theirrnancestors from the UK, so the Brecknock Hill Miniature Cheviot registry wasrnformed to preserve the original size. The registry recently droppedrn"Brecknock Hill" from its name to differentiate American MiniaturernCheviots from the Brecknock Hill Cheviots that originated in Wales and arernslightly different.

Miniature Cheviots are usuallyrnwhite, with small heads and erect little pointed ears. Their fleeces provide arnmedium wool with a distinctive helical crimp and a long staple, perfect f ...

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About Mirror SheepMirror

Mirrors are medium-sized Sheep with a characteristic headrndesign. Besides its otherwise white color, it has black eye marks, black earrnpoints, and a black nostril.  

They descend from old Bundner sheep races like the Prattigauerrnsheep and probably have influences of the silk sheep and the Luzeiner sheep. ustrian races might have participated like the Montafoner and the eyeglassrnsheep in the emergence of the Mirror Sheep.

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About Mohaka SheepMohaka

The Mohaka feral sheep flock is just one ofrnseveral of Merino type known to have occurred at various times in Hawkes Bay New Zealand. They evolved around the Mohaka River area behind the historicrnTutira sheep station.

Mohaka Sheep are probably of considerable age – feralrnMerinos were described from this area as early as the 1880s and Merinos were nornlonger being farmed there to any extent by 1900.

In 1976, scientist Tony Whitaker describedrnthe feral Mohaka sheep as comprising several groups which may or may not berndiscrete, on or near the banks of the Mohaka River between the Te Hoe andrnWaipunga Rivers behind Tutira. There appeared to be fewer than 1000 sheeprnspread over an area of 30 000 hectares. Their numbers se ...

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About Montadale SheepMontadale

Montadale sheep were developed in the United States from Cheviotrnand Columbia sheep crosses. E.H.rnMattingly, a well-known commercial lamb buyer is given credit for developingrnthe breed. His idea was to bring together the qualities of big western-whiternfaced sheep and the popular mutton characteristics of Midwestern sheep. Hisrnresult was a good meat type, dual- purpose animal with the head and legs freernof wool and with the stylish appearance and agile body of the Cheviot.

For fifteen years, many of these Montadale lambs wererncarcass tested for characteristics which are now the standard in the industry but which at that time were yet to become widely accepted as the ideal. Montadalernsheep are considered a dual-purpose breed ...

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About Morada Nova SheepMorada Nova

Morada Nova sheep are found in northeast Brazil but probablyrnof African origin. They may also be related to a Portugal breed called ordaleiro. They originated from selection of individuals of the BrazilianrnWoolless. Both sexes are polled.  

The rams do not have a throat ruff. It has been reportedrnthat they have a litter size of 1.32 to 1.76. The predominant color is red torncream, but white animals are also found. The breed is small with mature lambrnand ewe weights of about 40 (88 lbs) and 30 kg (66 lbs), respectively.

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About Mouflon SheepMouflon

The Mouflon is thought to be one of the two ancestors forrnall modern sheep breeds. It is red-brown with a dark back-stripe, light coloredrnsaddle patch and underparts. The males are horned and the females are horned orrnpolled.  

It is now rare, but has been successfully introduced intorncentral Europe, including Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovak Republics and Romania.

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About Najdi SheepNajdi

Najdi sheep are native to the Najd regionrnof the Arabian Peninsula, from where it got their name. They are raisedrnprimarily in Saudi Arabia, but they are also present in Oman, Kuwait andrnJordan. They are highly priced in their native area. And some top Najdi ewesrncan sell for around US$5,300-8,000. And the rams which can sire many morernoffspring can fetch hundreds of thousands. Najdi sheep are very importantrnanimals in their native area, and also in the areas where they are found.

Najdi sheep are very beautiful. They have arndistinctive appearance that has even been celebrated in Saudi ‘sheep beautyrnpageants’ not unlike livestock shows and sales in the West. They have a longrnface and are Roman nosed. They are very tall ...

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About Navajo-Churro SheepNavajo-Churro

Navajo-Churro sheep were the first domesticated sheeprnintroduced into North America. Brought from Southern Spain in 1514, Churrornsheep became the mainstay of Spanish ranches and villages along the Rio Grande.  

Native Indians acquired flocks of Churro for food andrnclothing through raids and trading and eventually incorporated them into theirrnlifestyle. After nearly becoming extinct through a government sheep ‘improvement’rnprogram in the mid-1900''s, the breed is now recovering and becoming morernpopular, though still considered a rare breed.  

Navajo-Churro sheep are a small breed, hardy, and diseasernresistant. Rams may carry four horns. The Churro fleece is long, fine, andrncoarse. It has two layers and ...

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About Nelson South Wales Mountain SheepNelson South Wales Mountain

Nelson South WalesrnMountain Sheep arernsimilar in appearance to the other Welsh Mountain breeds. The main differencesrnare its greater size and the usual presence of tan markings on the face andrnlegs together with a brown collar. The fleece is dense with an even mixture ofrnwhite kempy fiber.

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About Nera di Arbus SheepNera di Arbus

Nera di Arbus, or Pecora Nera di Arbus ("black sheep of rbus"), Sheep are medium-small from rbus in the south west coast of Sardinia, Italy. They are found in thernprovinces of Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano and Sassari. Their hair is black, sometimes with shades of gray lead.

They have course wool and it used to produce orbace, arncoarse hand-woven cloth, used to produce traditional Sardinian garments.

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About New Mexico Dahl SheepNew Mexico Dahl

New Mexico Dahl Sheep are an almostrnextinct Spanish Colonial heritage hair sheep breed under development at TerrarnPatre Wildlife Preserve and Teaching Farm in Colorado and New Mexico. The goalrnin developing these unique sheep was to produce a truly multi-marketable low-maintenance product. These hardy, no-shear sheep are beautiful and majesticrnwith the rams supporting magnificent horns. They are also very excellentrnsources of lean, less mutton-tasting meat.

NM Dahl is taking this one steprnfurther and wanting to increase the meat marketability along with increasingrnthe growth of the horns not only on rams but also on the ewes for even betterrnfuture horn genetics. With this in mind, New Mexico Dahl Sheep are hybrids ofrnthe b ...

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About New Zealand Halfbred SheepNew Zealand Halfbred

New Zealand Halfbred are arnregistered breed of sheep, originally developed in the 19th century by crossingrnone of the English longwool breeds such as Lincoln, English Leicester, orrnRomney, with the Merino.

New Zealand Halfbreds are mainlyrnfarmed in the foothills of the South Island high country. Their wool has arnfiber diameter of 25-31 microns, intermediate between Corriedale and Polwarth.rnStaple length is 3 to 4 inches.

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About Nolana SheepNolana

The breeding aim of the Nolana sheep is to combine thernadvantages of hair sheep with the advantages of native wool sheep. Nolana sheeprnare hair sheep. They don''t produce wool, but carry a smooth coat during summerrnand a 4-5 cm (1.6-1.8 in) thick pelt during winter which they shed naturally inrnspring. Therefore, they don''t need to be shorn.  

Two types of sheep have evolved during the development ofrnthe Nolana sheep: a meat-type (fleischscafe) and a landrace-type (landscafe)rnfor more extensive settings and landscape management. The meat-type is mostlyrnwhite, while the landrace-type is more variable in color and type.

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About Norfolk Horn SheepNorfolk Horn

Norfolk Horn sheep originated in Norfolk, Suffolk, andrnCambridge, England. They are one of the ancient Heath breeds now beingrnrevived in small numbers. Norfolk Horn sheep were used along with Southdown inrnthe development of Suffolk sheep.

They area a medium-sized breed with a long body and legs. Their face andrnlegs are black or dark brown and free of wool. Their fleece is white with newrnborn lambs being mottled. Both sexes are horned and the horn pattern is an openrnspiral.

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About North Country Cheviot SheepNorth Country Cheviot

North Country Cheviot (NCC) Sheep are a big, long rugged, whiternsheep which combines thriftiness and healthiness with prolificacy and strongrnmaternal qualities. The largest of all the UK hill breeds, it is particularlyrnsuited to grassy hills and uplands. Average mature ewe weighs 55-65kg hill 75-90kg upland, rams 75-85kg hill, 95-100kg upland.

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About North of England Mule SheepNorth of England Mule

North of England Mule Sheep, also referred to as the The OriginalrnMule, has earned the right to be called the most popular lowland ewe in ritain. When crossed with quality terminal sires she has the ability tornproduce large crops of the quality fat lamb so demanded by today''s markets.rnCombine this with her great mothering ability, hardiness and general ease ofrnmanagement and it is easy to see why North Of England Mules can be seenrnthroughout lowland Britain.

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About North Ronaldsay SheepNorth Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay are a small rare breed of sheep of thernNorthern short-tailed group of breeds. They have remained virtually unchanged.rnTheir most unique feature is their diet, which consists mostly of seaweed.rnMature ewes rarely exceed 25 kg (55 lbs); rams about 30 to 35 kg (66-77 lbs.).rnThey are primitive and fine-boned and have evolved in a specialized seashorernenvironment on their native island.rn

They adapt well to mainland management includingrnconservation grazing. Rams are horned, but ewes can be horned, polled, orrnscurred. Virtually any color of wool is possible. Wool is fairy fine, with somernkemp. Rams develop a mane and beard of coarse hair. There are about 3,700 ofrnthese sheep still on the island of ...

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About Nostrana SheepNostrana

Nostrana sheeprnare an indigenous Italian breed, descended from Garfagnina (Apennine Group)rnsheep. They are from the provinces of Massa-Carrara (Tuscany) and Parma Emilia-Romagna). They are medium sized (males: 65 cm, females: 60 cm, atrnwithers) with white wool. They are raised for meat and wool.

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About Noticiana SheepNoticiana

Noticiana sheeprnmainly have a white coat with a thin red-brick colored light head. They arernmainly reared for milk. They are an autochthonous Sicilian sheep breed comesrnfrom Comisana sheep. They area a rustic frugal breed that are well-suitable tornharsh environment.

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About Old Norwegian SheepOld Norwegian

Old NorwegianrnSheep are a small primitive type of sheep which inhabited Norway and the restrnof Scandinavia as well, including Iceland and Faeroes. They are small framed with good legs and a fleece varying in color from almost white to greyish, darkrnbrown, badger-faced, muflon pattern and black.  

Adult males weighrnon average 43 kg (95 lbs) and females 32 kg (70 lbs). The fleece is remarkablyrnfine and in contrast to the mouflon, the inner fleece is highly developed. Thernouter coat has long fibers, up to 30 cm (11.8 in) around the neck on the males.rnNormally, they shed their fleece naturally in early July. All the males of thisrnbreed are horned with approximately 10 % of the ewes also being horned. Thisrnbreed of s ...

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About Omahaki SheepOmahaki

In 1976, Omahaki feral sheep were reported to be foundrnaround the confluence of the Ngaruroro and the Taruarau Rivers, in the Easte Ruahine State Forest, and on the Big Hill and Omahaki stations, New Zealand.rnThere appeared to be several hundred sheep spread over an area of some 7000rnhectares of scrubland, screes and bluffs.

Scientist Tony Whitaker noted that the origin of this flockrnwas uncertain but it was known to have existed there for over fifty years. Itrnwas probably the remnant of a much larger feral flock that had its beginning inrnthe Merino sheep that had been grazed on the open tops of the Ruahines in thernprevious century. There were indications that the proportion of black sheep inrnthe Omahaki flock was increasin ...

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About Ossimi SheepOssimi

Ossimi sheep originated in the Ossim village in the GizarnGovernorate of Egypt and are the most popular among the Nile and Delta sheeprnbreeds. They are thought to be expanding their range at the expense of otherrnbreeds.  

They are adapted to variable conditions and are usuallyrnraised under intensive cropping conditions. They are a medium sized sheep narrow, with a shallow body and long legs. They are multi-colored, usuallyrnwhite with a brown head, neck, and legs. They produce coarse/carpet wool andrnhave a fat tail. Rams are horned.

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About Ouessant SheepOuessant

Ouessant (also known Ushant, Breton Island Dwarf, and Moutonrnd''Ouessant) sheep are a Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds and are onernof the smallest sheep in the world. They originated on Ile d''Ouessant, a smallrnisland off the coast of Brittany, France. The average body height of the maturernewes is around 18 inches tall at the shoulder. And the mature rams stand around 19rninches tall at the shoulder.

Most of them are dark brown or black; but sometimes they arernwhite. The average thickness of their wool is 27 to 28 microns. They arernsuitable for fine knitting yarns and soft weaving yarns. The ewes are polled while the rams are horned. And the rams have relatively large horns as comparedrnto their body. 

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About Oxford SheepOxford

Oxford, also known as Oxford Down, Sheep are the largest andrnheaviest of the Down breeds. With a capacity for fast growing and earlyrnmaturity, it is an ideal crossing ram, producing light carcasses in earlyrnlambing flocks earlier than its contemporaries and catching the market whilstrnprices are good. When kept for heavy lamb production, the heavier carcasses arernproduced without unwanted fat, being most suitable for today''s market.

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About Pagliarola SheepPagliarola

Pagliarola sheep are from Abruzzo, Molise, and Campania Italy. They arernusually yellowish-white but sometimes reddish-black. They are medium-sized males: 65-70 cm, females: 60-65 cm at withers) and both sexes are polled. Theyrnare raised for meat, milk, and wool.

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About Painted Desert SheepPainted Desert

Painted Desert Sheep are spotted hair sheep that receivernmost of their influence from Mouflon sheep. Before being established as arnseparate breed, they were considered by many to be a parti-colored Corsican.rnOther early influence came from Merino and Rambouillet sheep, and a fewrnfour-horned individuals stem from Jacob or Churro ancestry. Long desired byrnhunters because of the large horns and aesthetic, flashy looks, the PaintedrnDesert is now popular among exotic and alternative livestock fanciers.  

Painted Desert sheep shed their short winter woolrnnaturally each spring, leaving a glossy, slick coat. Their colors can be veryrnwild with mixes of up to four or five colors. They breed out of season and lambrntwice a y ...

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About Panama SheepPanama

Panama sheep are one of only twornrecognized breeds of sheep which were developed in the United States by privaternsheep breeders. Originating in Idaho in the early 1900''s, the Panama began as arncross between Rambouillet rams and Lincoln ewes. Following approximately fivernyears of crossbreeding, rams and ewes were mated among themselves to establishrnthe breed.  

Panama sheep are a hardy breedrnthat are highly adapted to range areas with ample feed conditions. They arernpolled, resemble the Columbia breed, but are more intermediate in size, andrnproduce a heavy, dense medium-grade fleece with a long staple length.

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About Pedi SheepPedi

Pedi sheep are native to South Africa. They are one of threernof the Nguni type, along with Zulu and Swazi, they have been in the regionrnsince 200-400 AD. They get their name and characteristics from having beenrnraised primarily by the Bapedi people in the north of the country. Pedi arernsmaller fat-tailed sheep kept for meat, are polled, and are generally white brown, and red.    

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About Pelibuey SheepPelibuey

Pelibuey are hair sheep, probably closely related to thernWest African, Red African, African or Africana breed of Columbia and Venezuela.rnThey are descended from the West African Dwarf and are found in Cuba, coastalrnareas of Mexico, and other locales in the Caribbean. 75 percent of sheeprnpopulation in Cuba are Pelibuey.  

Their hair color ranges from beige, brown, dark brown, red white, black, and roan, with both solid and a combination of colors found.rnMales do carry a throat ruff, but usually do not have horns.

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About Perendale SheepPerendale

Perendalernwas developed in New Zealand during the 1950''s at Massey University to meet thernneeds of hill country farmers on developing country. It is still a very popularrnbreed in New Zealand. Developed from the Cheviot and Romney, Perendale sheeprnare a dual-purpose sheep producing a 28-32 micron wool with a 125 mm (5 in)rnstaple length.

rnPerendale sheep are very fertile and have great potential to produce a primernlamb dam when crossed with a Merino. As a purebred, their hardiness makes themrnideally suited to colder, high rainfall areas. Perendales are easy to care for;rnthe ewes have little trouble lambing and are good mothers. Triplets are rare. However they are very active and independent sheep.

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About Pinzirita SheepPinzirita

Pinzirita sheeprnare found in the area surrounding Sicily in southern Italy. They are a coarse-woolrnbreed kept for milk and meat production.Theyrnhave black or brown marks on the face and legs. The males are horned and thernfemales are polled.

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About Pitt Island SheepPitt Island

rnIn the nineteen-seventiesrna feral flock of several thousand sheep could be found on Pitt Island in thernChatham group, New Zealand.

These possibly derivedrnfrom Saxony Merinos first taken to South-East Island - another island in thernChatham group - in 1841 and later transferred to Pitt Island. In any case, thernflock is known with certainty to have been in existence for almost a century.

A Reserve for 300 of thesernanimals was created on Pitt Island in 1981. A number have also been taken tornmainland New Zealand.

Pitt Island sheep arernalmost all colored and have the self-shedding fleeces characteristic of feralrnbreeds. The rams are impressively horned - up to a meter long measured aroundrnthe curve.
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About Plezzana SheepPlezzana

Plezzana sheep (alsornknown as Bovska sheep in Slovenia) descend from Zaupel sheep, which were spreadrnall over Europe during the middle ages. They are medium-small sheep (males: 64 cm, females: 60 cm, at the withers). They are multi-purpose sheep. The milk isrnused for cheese production. The mixed wool is used for the production of loden felt, and tweed. They are medium framed, thin-legged and finely boned sheep.rnThey have a narrow head and a straight nose profile. They are mostly white although black-brown and pied animals do occur. Rams are polled. Plezzana sheeprnare hardy and modest. The meat is tasty and fine-fibred. Milking performance isrngood. The mixed wool is suitable for many purposes.

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About Polish Merino SheepPolish Merino

Merino sheep were first introduced into Poland from Spain inrn1786. In the early 19th century, Electoral Merinos were imported. After 1860 Merinos of the Rambouillet and Precoce types were brought to Poland, and workrntowards a dual-purpose type of sheep was begun. In the period between 1918 andrn1939, the breed was improved for meat traits using such breeds as the Mele andrnIle de France, created on the basis of English Longwool sheep.  

After 1945, Fleischmerinos and Landmerinos were introducedrninto some of the Merno flocks which survived the war. The Polish Merino flocksrnare located mostly in weste oland. The Polish Merino shows both meat andrnwool traits.

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About Polish Mountain SheepPolish Mountain

Polish Mountain Sheep evolved from the old CarpathianrnCakiel, and especially one of its varieties - the primitive Podhale sheep. Theyrncan be found in the whole Polish part of the Carpathian mountains; however, theyrnare most frequently found in the Podhale region near the town of Nowy Sacz where the breed traditionally originates. They have a light build, thin butrnstrong legs, and narrow rump.rn

rnPolish Mountain sheep are milked. The milk yield is 50 torn100 liters per lactation and 40 to 80 liters in a milking period of 150 daysrnwith a fat content of 7 to 8%. Meat production is rather poor. The wool isrnwhite and coarse, suitable for carpet manufacture. The thatch-like coatrnconsists of loose locks, with a characteristic par ...

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About Poll Dorset SheepPoll Dorset

Poll Dorsets are a short wool, meatrnproducing sheep that were developed in Australia between 1937 and 1954 with thernaim of breeding a true Dorset type sheep without horns. They were developed atrna property called Valmore in Whitemore, Tasmania, a noted center for pedigreernlivestock stud farms. Poll Dorset resulted from the introduction of Corriedalernand Ryeland blood into the Dorset Horn.

Their main distinguishing features are itsrnhornless appearance, long, lean square body set on short legs, pink skin andrn''spongy'' short-stapled wool. Poll Dorsets produce a fleece of white, denserndowns type wool of around 30 microns fiber diameter and they have a white wool freernface.

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About Polled Dorset SheepPolled Dorset

Polled Dorset is a breed of sheep developed for meat at thernNorth Carolina State University Small Ruminant Unit in 1956. Their name refersrnto the fact that they area hornless variation of the Horned Dorset sheep. PolledrnDorsets are the result of a genetic mutation by which some of the offspring ofrna certain ram grew no horns. After some years of breeding work, a strain ofrnDorset was developed which had lost the characteristic horns and which bredrntrue.  

Polled Dorsets are an all-white, medium-sized sheep prolific and able to breed out of season. The carcases are muscular with goodrnconformation and the adults produce a thick fleece, which is free from darkrnfibers. Since its development, the number of Polled Dorsets regi ...

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About Polwarth SheepPolwarth

Polwarth sheep are a dual-purpose sheep, developed inrnVictoria, Australia, in 1880. They are 75 percent Merino and 25 percentrnLincoln. Polwarths are well suited to areas with improved pastures and arernmainly found in the higher rainfall districts of southern Australia. They havernbeen successfully exported to many countries, particularly South America wherernthey are know as ''Ideals''.  

Polwarth sheep are found polled and horned sheep with thernpolled types predominating. They are large framed, robust, and produces arnhigh-yielding, soft-handling fleece of 22-25 micron fiber diameter. Much of thernemphasis within the breed has been directed towards developing and improvingrnthe wool aspects.

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About Polypay SheepPolypay

Polypay are synthetic sheep, developed in the 1970''s at thernU.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, and Nicholas Farms at Sonoma California. Targhee x Dorset and Rambouillet x Finnsheep crosses were mated tornform a 4-breed composite that could produce two lamb crops and one wool croprnper year.  

Polypays are a medium-sized, prolific breed with an extendedrnbreeding season. Good mothers and milkers, they produce lambs with acceptablerngrowth and carcass quality. The name Polypay comes from "poly" forrnmany or much and "pay" to indicate a return on investment and labor.

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About Pomarancina SheepPomarancina

PecorarnPomarancina sheep are a medium sized white sheep that most likely .evolved from ppenninica sheep. They are found in Tuscany and Siena, Italy. Their milkrnquality is quite good with a fat content 6/7% and wool, which is principallyrnused for the production of mattresses.

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About Pomeranian Coarsewool SheepPomeranian Coarsewool

Pomeranian Coarsewool Sheep, alsornknown as just Pomereranian, or Pommersches Rauhwollschaf; Pommernschaf; or RauhwolligesrnPommersches Landschaf) is an old domestic sheep breed from the Pomerania region split between Germany and Poland). The first records of similar sheep inrnPomerania can be traced to more than 3000 years ago. They are raised primarilyrnfor meat and vegetation management.

Pomeranian Coarsewool Sheep arernpolled (hornless), and have a black head with slate-blue or grey wool on thernbody; the lambs are born completely black. Their legs are covered with wool and have a blue tongue. Their fleece has shorter hairs amongst the longer wool.

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About Portland SheepPortland

Portland Sheep are a heathland breed from the Dorset area of thernUK – not Portland Oregon or Portland Maine - and a representative of the tan-faced group ofrnbreeds from the South West. It is a small animal, the average adult ewernweighing 38-40kg. The legs are an even tan color. The face is a tan color butrnmay have lighter areas around the eyes and muzzle. Some sheep carry a lightrncovering of wool on the forehead but the rest of the face is free from wool.rnThe horns of the ram are heavily spiraled; in ewes they curve through a halfrncircle.

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About Priangan SheepPriangan

Priangan Sheep are from Priangan(a mountainous region in West Java province on the island ofrnJava in Indonesia). They are raised for meat and sport fighting.

Priangan rams are selected for size, horn size, and forrnfighting ability. The champion rams are highly priced and may fetch up torn300,000 rupiah ( US $722 ). However, they are not used for breeding duringrntheir fighting career as it is feared that mating would deprive them of theirrntaste for fighting.

Priangan is a variety of the Javanese Thin-tailed sheep.rnSome indications are that Africander and Merino breeding were introduced in thern19th century. They are usually black or pied, occasionally individuals will berngray or tan. Males are horned and females ...

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About Pusterese SheepPusterese

Pusterese, alsornknown as Pustera Gigante, Nobile di Badia, Gadertaler, Tedesca di Pusteria Sextner, Tauferer, or Aurina, sheep are from Tyrol, Italy. Their coat is white-strawrnyellow. Neither gender have horns. They are medium sized (males: 75 cm, females: 65-70 cm, at the withers)rnand are bred for meat and wool.

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About Quadrella SheepQuadrella

Quadrella sheeprnare raised for meat and milk found in the region surrounding Campania, southe Italy. They were formerly a variety of Gentile di Puglia . They are white. Bothrnhorned and naturally hornless animals are found.

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About Rabo Largo SheepRabo Largo

Rabo Largo, meaning broad tail, are sheep found inrnnortheastern Brazil. They originated from fat-tailed hair breeds which werernbrought from Africa and crossed with the native Crioulo sheep.

They are white, pied, or white, with a colored head. Bothrnsexes are horned. Individuals within the breed vary between hair and carpetrnwool. The breed is one of the long fat-tailed breeds.

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About Racka SheepRacka

Image by Teglasi Szelbori Komondor Racka sheep are a unique Zackel-type breed that originatedrnin Hungary. Both ewes and rams have long spiral shaped horns. 

The cork-screw horns protrude almost straight upward fromrnthe top of the head. Mature males may have horns as long as two feet or more.rnThe minimum standard length is given as 50 cm (20 inches) for rams and 30 cm 12-15 inches) for ewes.

They are raised for milk, wool, and meat production. Theyrnare hardy often used in crossbreeding due to its ability to pass thisrnsurvivability to its offspring. 

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About Raglan SheepRaglan

The Raglan Romney feral sheep were sourced from a bush and scrub-covered peninsula jutting into the eastern side of Raglan Harbor inrnthe Waikato, New Zealand.

The first group of two rams and four ewes was mustered in pril 1976; eight ewes were added in December of that same year. (The peninsularnwas subsequently cleared of bush - and sheep - and broken in for farming.)

The descendants of this small flock remained in the care ofrnGovernment farms since that time until mid-2005. Apart from a few rams thatrnwere released to one breeder for use in grading up, a carefully controlledrnbreeding program was undertaken over that period to retain the genetic purityrnof the line.

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About Rahmany SheepRahmany

Rahmany, or Rahmani, sheep originated in northern Syria andrnnorthern Turkey and were introduced into Egypt in the 9th century. The breed isrnnamed after Rahmania, a village in the Beheira Governorate in Egypt.

They are believed to have some resistance to internalrnparasites. They breed all year round and the twinning rate is relatively high.rnThey are the largest of the Egyptian sheep breeds. They produce coarse/carpetrnwool and have a fat-tail. Their color is brown, which fades with age.

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About Rambouillet SheepRambouillet

Rambouillet are considered the backbone of the AmericanrnSheep Industry, forming the foundation of most western range flocks and raisedrnthroughout the United States. Rambouillet sheep descend entirely from thernSpanish Merino. In fact, they are the French version of the Merino developedrnwhen Louis XVI imported 386 Spanish Merinos in 1786 for his estate atrnRambouillet.  

Though named for the town in France, the breed owes much ofrnits development to Germany and the United States. Rambouillet sheep are a dual-purposernsheep, producing a desirable carcass and good fine wool. Rambouillets are largernsized, rugged and long-lived with a strong flocking instinct. Rambouillet ewesrnpossess many desirable traits which have resulted i ...

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About Red Engadine SheepRed Engadine

Red Engadine sheep originated inrnSwitzerland in Lower Engadin and in the bordering Tirolian and Bavarianrnvalleys. They originate from local varieties, from the Stone Sheep, and the ergamask sheep. They are medium to large framed and are distinguished by theirrnram nose and their long, hanging ears.

They have a dark-brown body and arnred-brown, medium to coarse wool which with increasing age becomes lighter.rnThey are an easy-care sheep, well suited to extensive production situations. Inrnthe 1980''s, the breed was almost extinct in Switzerland, but conservationrnefforts reversed the trend and in 1992, the Swiss Engadine Sheep Breeders Clubrnwas formed.

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About Red Maasai SheepRed Maasai

Red Maasai, or Red Masai, are an East African fat-tailedrntype of hair sheep used for meat production. They are found in northe Tanzania, south central Kenya, and Uganda.

Masai are red-brown, occasionally pied. Males are horned orrnpolled. Females are usually polled. Red Masai are known for being resistant torninternal parasites.

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About Rhoen SheepRhoen

Rhoen sheep are one of the oldest landracernbreeds in Germany. They were mentioned in 1844 in the files of the convent ofrnFulda: "The common sheep of the Rhoen farmer is a normal German sheep withrnpeculiar characteristics, which even in foreign countries is known asrnRhoenschaf. It is yellow-white with a black hornless head and is clothed inrncoarse, non-elastic wool, with little crimp. Its body is large, the bones arernstrong, and it lends itself to fattening."

Pictures from 1873 show that the Rhoenschafrnthen was similar to the one of today, despite crossbreeding attempts withrnCotswold, Oxfordshire, and Merino rams. Even today it is a medium tornlarge-sized sheep with long legs and no horns. It is the only breed with whiternleg ...

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About Rideau Arcott SheepRideau Arcott

Rideau Arcott, or just Rideau, sheep are one of threernCanadian breeds. Their development began in 1968 at Agriculture Canada''s AnimalrnResearch Centre in Ottawa when the Centre''s Suffolk, Shropshire, and Dorsetrnsheep were combined with imported breeds: Finnish Landrace and East Friesian. 

In 1974, the Rideau was closed to the introduction of new genetic material.  
From 1974 to 1977, the numbers within the breed were multipliedrnwith minimal culling to broaden the genetic base. From 1977 to 1986, selectionrnemphasis was on high fertility and the potential for year round lambing and torna lesser extent retail cut yield. In 1988 and 1989, the breed was released tornnucleus flock owners.

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About Romanov SheepRomanov

Romanov sheep originated in the Volga Valley, northeast ofrnMoscow. The name "Romanov" comes from the royal family of Russia. These sheeprnwere first noticed in the 18th century, and were later imported into Germanyrnand then France. In 1980, the Canadian government brought in 14 Romanov ewesrnand 4 rams for testing and put them into quarantine for 5 years. After that some were brought to the United States.

Romanov ewes tend to lamb by the litter. Most other sheeprngive birth to singles and twins, while the Romanov average about 2-5 lambs perrnlambing. When the lambs are born they are pure black but when they get olderrnthey turn gray. Romanov wool (a mixture of gray wool and black guard hair) isrnused for rugs, mats, and wall hangi ...

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About Romney SheepRomney

Romney Sheep are a dual purpose breed, used for woolrnand meat, that originated in the Romney Marshes of Kent England. They are onernof the world most successful sheep breeds.

They are largernframed and carry a heavy long-wooled fleece. They have a broad white face sometimes with a small woolly top knot. Both sexes are hornless. Ramsrnaverage 250 lbs., ewes average 175-200 lbs. Their fleece on average their fleecernweighs 10-12lbs.

Romney Sheep are veryrnhardy and easy to maintain. Due to their swampy origin, they are morernresistant to foot rot and liver flukes than most breeds.

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About Roslag SheepRoslag

Roslag are anrnendangered sheep fromrnSweden. They originated from the remnant populations ofrnSwedish landrace breeds that used to be rather common all over the countryside, but are generally believed to have come from Raggaron inrnRoslagen, Sweden.  

They are smallrnand generally white or ivory colored (although 10% of the population are blackrnor white-black bi-colored), they are a short-tailed and are usually used in the production of wool and meat. Their wool is a carpetwool type; withrnlong, straight or curly guard hair and a thick cover of underwool, which can bernup to 30 cm long. Only the rams are horned. Ewes can lamb throughout the entirernyear and usually have only one lamb but twins do occur.  
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About Rosset SheepRosset

Rosset sheep arerna transhumant (magratory) breed found in western Aosta Province, mainly in thernthree tributary valleys of the Dora Baltea: Val Grisanche, Val di Rhemes, andrnVal Savaranche. A small number of rosset sheep can be found with other breedsrnin several valleys of rivers flowing south from Mt Fallere, and in the ValrnPelline. They are kept in small flocks of five to ten heads. They are stall-fedrnduring the winter at the farmsteads in the valley. In the summer, the flocks ofrnmany owners are combined into bands of about 500 head and taken with cattle uprnto the mountain slopes where they graze and are tended by professionalrnshepherds. In mid-September they are returned to their owners in the valley.

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About Rouge de l'Ouest SheepRouge de l'Ouest

Rouge de L''ouest are medium-sized Sheep. As its namernsuggests its head, which is hornless, can vary from pink to deep red and isrncovered with fine hair. The legs are a similar color to the head and arerncovered in fine hair. The fleece is fine with a short staple which grows into arndense ''jacket'' giving the breed ample protection against the harshest weather. verage mature ewes weighs 75-100kg, rams 100-140kg.

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About Rouge de Roussillon SheepRouge de Roussillon

Rouge du Roussillon are an endangered breed of sheep fromrnsouthern France. They are primarily raised in the French Mediterraneanrncountryside for lamb meat. They are of Algerian descent, and came to France inrnthe 18th century, and were likely introduced to France via Spain.  

They are a medium fine-wool breed. The males typically weighrn75-100 kg and stand 75-90 cm tall, while the ewes normally weigh around 55-65rnkg and stand 65-75 cm tall. They have white wool with a red head and legs. Theyrnare extremely hardy, and are able to survive all year outside. They can alsornthrive at high temperatures, and can live in climates with temperatures of overrn40 degrees Celsius. However, they also do well in colder climates with scarce ...

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About Rough Fell SheepRough Fell

Rough Fell Sheep are horned with a black head and a definiternwhite patch on their nose. Their body is large and long with a broad loin strong frame and legs with a noble carriage. Average mature ewes weigh 50kg andrnrams weigh 80kg.

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About Roussin SheepRoussin

Roussin Sheep are a medium-sized breed that has a brown facernand legs. The head and legs are free from wool. Both sexes are polled. Averagernmature ewe weighs 70-90kg, rams 90-110kg.

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About Royal White SheepRoyal White

Royal White is a new breed of hair sheeprnprivately funded and developed by William Hoag, of Dorpcroix Sheep Farm inrnHermeleigh, Texas. They are a cross between Dorper and St. Croix sheep.

They are pure white. They grow a longerrnhair in the winter that is shed off naturally in the spring. Ewes and rams arernnaturally hornless. Texas Tech and Texas A & M University are currently doingrnresearch with the breed with regards to meat production and scrapie resistance.

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About Ruda SheepRuda

Ruda sheep are found mostly in Albania and Croatia. In 2009 Ruda sheep were the most endangered breed of sheep in the Republic of Croatia.rnRuda may be related to Romanian Tsigai Sheep. They are primarily raised forrnwool. They are well adapted to low temperatures and mountain grazing.  

They have white or blond wool with a pink skin. They have arnwhite head and white spots on their body and head. At the withers, the maturernewes average 55 cm (21.6 inches) and rams 65 cm (25.6 inches). The mature ewesrnaverage 38 kg (83.7 lbs) and rams 48 kg (105.8 lbs). 

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About Rya SheepRya

Rya sheep are from Sweden, they are also known as SwedishrnCarpet Wool Sheep or Ryafar sheep. They originated from Norwegian, Swedish, andrnNorwegian Spaelsau sheep. They were raised to produce long, wavy and shiny woolrnto produce rya-wool.

Few long wool sheep breeds remained in the province ofrnDalarna, leading to the restoration of this sheep breed in the early 20thrncentury. And there was a stable population of about 2000 Rya sheep in 2000.rnCurrently most of the population of them can be found in the northern andrncentral Sweden, and most of the herds are located in Dalarna. Dalarna had arnpopulation of sheep with long wool at the start of the twentieth century, whichrnwas popular in the area to decorate national customers. Br ...

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About Ryeland SheepRyeland

Ryeland Sheep have face''s that are well-wooled and theirrnears are of medium size, slightly dark in color. Ryeland''s heads have no tracernof horn. Its chest is broad and fairly deep and has a straight, level back. Itsrnlegs are a dull white color, well wooled to knee and hock with strong, compactrnfeet renowned for freedom from foot rot. Its fleece is dense, free from darkrnfibers, coarseness and kemp. Average mature ewe weighs 50-60kg, rams 75-80kg.

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About Rygja SheepRygja

Rygja sheep are originally from Rogaland in south westrnNorway. In the 18th century the local Norwegian Spael sheep were crossed withrnseveral imported breeds, such as Merino, South Down, and Leicester. After 1860rnmostly Cheviot and Sutherland sheep were imported and had also an influence. Inrnlater years further crossings have been made with Texel, Finnsheep, Dala, andrnSteigar sheep.

Rygja sheep are now spread throughout Norway and are bredrnfor both meat and wool production. They are white and long-tailed. Both ramsrnand ewes are polled. Their wool wool is uniform with a mean fiber diameter ofrn37.4 microns. Their mean greasy fleece weight is around 3.5 kg. They are knownrnfor producing shiny wool, almost free of medullated fib ...

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About Saeftinger SheepSaeftinger

Saeftinger sheep originated around 1986 by crossing arnRomanov ram onto Suffolk ewes. The breed takes its name from the salt meadowsrnwhere it grazes.

Saeftinger meat is considered a culinary specialty. Maturernewes average 2.2 lambs per lambing; ewe lambs, 2.0. Three lamb crops in twornyears is common. Ewes and rams are both hornless.

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About Sakiz SheepSakiz

Sakiz are a carpet wool sheep that is also kept for meat and milkrnproduction. They can be found in the region surrounding Izmir in Turkey. Thernmales are horned.

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About Saltasassi SheepSaltasassi

Saltasassi sheep arernfrom northern Italy. They are medium-small (males: 60-65 cm, females: 55 cm atrnthe withers), they have white wool, and are raised for meat.

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About Sambucana SheepSambucana

Sambucana, alsornknown as Demontina, sheep are an indigenous Italian breed, probably descendedrnfrom Garessio sheep. They are found in southwestern Cuneo Province (Piedmont) in the valleys of the rivers Bagni, Stura di Demonte, and, formerly, the Maira.rnThe elevation of the valleys is from 1.300 to 2.000 meters, with snow on thernground four to five months of the year.

They havernyellow-white wool: about 8 percent of the breed are dark brown or black. Theirrnhead is slightly convex; ears are horizontal and small, and the tail thin andrnhanging to the hocks. Both genders are usually polled; however, rams with smallrnhorns are considered locally to be the purest representatives of the breed.

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About Santa Cruz SheepSanta Cruz

Santa Cruz Sheep are from Santa Cruz Island, California USA. There is considerable uncertainty as how and when sheep got to Santa Cruzrnisland. It''s believed that Merino, Rambouillet, and perhaps some Churro sheeprnare part of their ancestry. However, it is certain that they have been feralrnfor the last 70 years. The Nature Conservancy acquired 88% of the island duringrnthe 1970''s and began an eradication program in 1980.

In 1988, twelve lambs were brought off the island by a teamrnof Nature Conservancy and ALBC volunteers and were placed with five Californiarnbreeders to begin a population rebuilding effort. The Santa Cruz Island sheeprnbreed is an important genetic resource. Its historic background, long period ofrnisolation, a ...

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About Santa Ines SheepSanta Ines

Santa Ines is a breed of hair sheep found in Brazil. Theyrnare generally thought to be a cross of Morada Nova, a course-wooled Italianrnbreed, Bergamasca, and a native coarse-wooled Crioula, followed by a period ofrnselection or evolution for absence of fleece. Colors range from red, black andrnwhite and can be spotted or solid. They have large bodies, are long-legged andrnhave large pendulous ears and are polled.

Rams do not have a throat ruff. They have a low litter sizernof 1.25. Mature weights of the ewes in the field fall between 40 and 50 kg. (88rnto 110 lbs.), and if well fed, the rams can weigh as much as 100 kg (220 lbs).

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About Sardinian SheepSardinian

Sardinian, alsornknown as Sarda, sheep are an indigenous breed from Sardinia; they are alsornfound in central Italy. They are well adapted to live on karst soils. They arernwhite and raised for milk production.

Pecorino sarda cheese is made only from Sardinian sheep milkrncoming from the island of Sardinia off the coast of Italy. In Sardinia, therernare more sheep than people.

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About Savoiarda SheepSavoiarda

Savoiarda sheep are an indigenous breed found in the Province of Turin Piedmont, Italy. They are well-adapted to the local environment (plains andrnhills).

They are dirtyrnwhite except for the nose, eyes, ears, and legs, which may have black spots.rnTheir long ears hang horizontally, and their tail is long and thin. Only thernrams are horned. They have a mattress type fleece, 120 - 150 mm long, with nornkemp. They are raised for meat, mainly but also for milk and wool.

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About Schnalserschaf SheepSchnalserschaf

Schnalserschaf also known asUltnerschaf , ValrnSenales, or Schnalserschaf) sheeprnare from the province of Bolzano, northern Italy. They are an Alpine meat breed. About 80 percentrnare white, 15 percent black, and 5 percent are brown. Both genderes arernpolled.They are raised for meat andrnwool.

They are derivedrnfrom local sheep (Steinschaf or Roccia) crossed with Bergamo, and are similarrnin appearance to the latter, Italy''s largest breed. They are stall-fed in thernvalley during the winter. From late May to late September the holdings arerncombined into bands of 300–500 head and taken to graze in alpine pastures abovern2 500 m elevation.

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About Scotch Mule SheepScotch Mule

Photo Source: National Sheep Association Scotch Mule sheep are an intentionally produced crossbredrnsheep out of Scottish Blackface ewes and sired by Bluefaced Leicester rams. Thernterm "mule" (when it refers to sheep) is used for an intentionallyrnproduced crossbred sheep that is sired by a Bluefaced Leicester ram. In thernUnited Kingdom, Mule ewes are the backbone of the commercial sheep industry. Thernvarious types of Mules are the most popular commercial ewes in the UK, and the luefaced Leicester is the number one crossing sire there.

They are medium sized, polled and have arnmottled brown face while the fine white wool should have a curled appearance passed down from the sire). Average mature bodyweight 70kg.

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About Scottish Blackface SheepScottish Blackface

Scottish Blackface, also known as just Blackface, Sheep are thernmost numerous of British breeds. They are found over a wide spectrum of hillrnand marginal ground throughout Great Britain and Ireland. All Blackfaces arernhorned, with black or black and white face and legs. The fleece should be freernof black fiber, and can vary from short, fine wool used for carpets and tweedsrnto strong coarse, which is mainly sold for the Italian mattress trade.rnInfluenced by climate, environment and grazing quality several distinct typesrnhave evolved within the breed and are generally identified by the centers atrnwhich they are sold. The Perth type, a large framed sheep with a medium tornheavy coat, is found mainly in North East Scotland and Northern ...

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About Scottish Dunface SheepScottish Dunface

Scottish Dunface (also known as Old Scottish Short-wool Scottish Whiteface, or Scottish Tanface) are an extinct breed of sheep originallyrnfrom Scotland. They were part of the Northern European short-tailed sheeprngroup, and they were probably similar to the sheep kept throughout the BritishrnIsles in the Iron Age. By the mid-nineteenth century they had mostly beenrndisplaced by the Scottish Blackface and became extinct on the mainland ofrnScotland in the late nineteenth century. However, several local types ofrnDunface survived on islands around Scotland, giving rise to or contributing tornexisting breeds including the Shetland, North Ronaldsay, Hebridean and Boreray.

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About Scottish Greyface SheepScottish Greyface

Scottish Greyface sheep are produced by crossing a BorderrnLeicester ram with a Scottish Blackface ewe.

Scottish Greyface sheep have a speckled gray face. Theirrnbody is long, well-sprung, and evenly fleshed. Scottish Greyface sheep can bernfound in all parts of the British Isles.

Scottish Greyface ewes are used to produce quality primernlamb when put to a terminal sire.

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About Serrai SheepSerrai

Serrai sheep are from Greece. They are bred primarily forrnmeat and milk.  

They have a roman nose and a thin tail. The rams have horns weigh 78 kg at maturity are grow to 68 cm at the withers. The ewes have smallrnhorns 30% of the time, weigh 68 kg and grow to a height of 73 cm. On average ewes produce 1.5 lambs per litter. They lactate 154 to 236 days (average 221rndays) with an average yield of 0.7 kg of milk per day with a 7% fat content.rnThe fiber has a 34 micron diameter.

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About Shetland SheepShetland

Shetland Sheep are one of the smallest of the British sheep.rnThe ewes are usually hornless, and the rams have nicely-rounded horns, not toornheavy, nor too close together. Their head is well carried, their face is ofrnmedium length with a straight nose and bright eyes, the back is straight and ofrnmedium length.

They originated in the Shetland Isles, but is they are nowrnkept in many other parts of the world. They are part of the Northern Europeanrnshort-tailed sheep group. Shetlands are classified as a landrace orrn"unimproved" breed. They are kept for their very fine wool, for meat and for conservation grazing.

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About Shetland-Cheviot SheepShetland-Cheviot

Shetland-Cheviot sheep are the result of a North CountryrnCheviot ram bred with a Shetland ewe. The hybrid vigor produced from therncrossing the two pure breeds ensures that the Shetland-Cheviot retains thernfeatures of both. They are hardy, thrifty, and milky with their sire''srnexcellent conformation.  

Following the realization that a small ewe crossed with arnlarge, fast growing sire could produce prime lamb very efficiently, producersrnoutside Shetland turned to the breed, which has spread into the Orkneys Caithness, and down through Scotland. The Shetland-Cheviot''s main purpose is tornproduce quality lamb when put to a suitable ram, usually a terminal sire.

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About Shropshire SheepShropshire

Shropshire Sheep are medium sized Sheep. They are active andrnalert. They have a soft black face, with a covering of wool on the poll. Theirrnears should be soft, black and well set on. Their body is well-fleshed, long deep and symmetrical, having a broad straight back with well-sprung ribs. Theirrnlegs are medium in length, of strong bone and upright joints, well set apartrnand soft black in color. Their cherry skin is covered in dense, fine qualityrnwool weighing 3-4kg with an average staple of 10cm. Average mature ewe weighsrn80kg, rams 120kg.

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About Skudde SheepSkudde

Skudde are nordic, short-tailed heather sheep. They originallyrnwere from East Prussia and the Baltic States. However, today only a few smallrnherds can be found in these areas.

Skudde sheep have an imposing snail horn. The ewes arernhornless or carry horn stumps. In individual cases, it occurs that ewes carryrnchamois-like "hornlets." They are slender, rams weight between 35 and 50 kg 77-110 lbs), and ewes weigh from 25 to 40 kg (55-88 lbs).

Their wool consists of fine wool fibers, dispersed withrnshort hairs and course cover hair. They are white, brown, black, or gray. WhiternSkuddes have small pigment spots on their head. Lambs have a rust-coloredrnmarking on the nape of their neck and on their legs. This coloring disapp ...

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About Soay SheepSoay

Soay sheep are considered to be the only living example ofrnthe small, primitive sheep which inhabited the British Isles before the comingrnof the Norsemen and Romans.  

Their name is derived from the island of Soay off the coastrnof Scotland. Soays were originally imported to North America in 1974. They arerna small framed sheep with a fleece that varies from light to dark brown inrncolor and is shed naturally in the summer.

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About Solognote SheepSolognote

Solognote sheep are an old breed that derives its name fromrnSologne, France, where it was developed in the 15th century.

They were in very widespread use in the 1850''s. They werernexported to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Morocco. Solognote sheep arerna very rustic breed that is able to tolerate diseases and poor feedingrnconditions.

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About Somali SheepSomali

Somali are hair sheep native to Somali in Africa where theyrnare reared primarily for meat production.  

They are white with a black head. Both sexes are polled andrnthe breed belongs to the fat-rumped type. Somali sheep are the immediate ancestorrnof the Blackheaded Persian which was developed in South Africa in the late 19thrnand early 20th centuries and that has been widely used for crossbreeding inrnmany parts of Africa and elsewhere in the tropics.

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About Sopravissana SheepSopravissana

Sopravissanarnsheep are found in the Central Apennines, Latium of central Italy. They havernwhite fine to medium wool and are raised for milk and meat production. Theyrnoriginated from Vissana crossed with Spanish Merino and Rambouillet sheep inrnthe 18th and early 19th century. American and Australian Merinos were usedrnduring the early 20th century for additional improvement of the breed.

Sopravissana ramsrnare horned and the females are polled.

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About South African Meat Merino SheepSouth African Meat Merino

South African Meat Merino (SAMM) sheep were imported intornSouth Africa by the Department of Agriculture from 1936 to 1974 from Germanyrnwhere the Deutsche Fliesch Merino is a common meat sheep of Germany, Austria and Poland. In South Africa, the name was translated as Duits Vleis Merino andrnthen into English as German Mutton Merino. In 1974, the South African BreedrnSociety changed the name to the South African Mutton Merino.

When imported into Australia in 1996, Western AustralianrnSAMM breeders registered the name Prime SAMM, as the Australian usage of thernword "''Mutton" relates to a description of extremely old and inediblernsheep meat. The translation used in Australia is ‘South African Meat Merino.’rnThe SAMM is bred sp ...

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About South Dorset SheepSouth Dorset

South Dorset Sheep were developed in NewrnZealand in the 1950s. Originally called the South Dorset Down, it was producedrnby crossing Dorset Down rams with Southdown ewes. A typical "Downs" sheep, itrnhas a brown face, ears and legs, and a fine short fleece.

The South Dorset is a large rapidly-maturing breed used mainly for export lambs, although the rams are usedrnwith ewes of other breeds as well to produce meat lambs.

South Dorset Sheep were officially renamedrnSouth Dorset in the 1980s.

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About South Suffolk SheepSouth Suffolk

South Suffolk sheep a fixed cross between Suffolk andrnSouthdown sheep. They are a large, comparatively heavy meat breed.  

The rams are for use as terminal sires, used in crossrnbreeding for early prime lamb production. South Suffolks can be found in mostrnstates of Australia and in New Zealand, where the breed originated. The wool isrnof the fine Downs type and measures 24 to 26 micron in fiber diameter. Their fertilityrnlevels are high.

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About South Wales Mountain SheepSouth Wales Mountain

South Welsh Mountain sheep have been reared on the harshrnhill pastures of South Wales for centuries. Their ability to thrive wherernlesser breeds have failed has ensured their predominance in the area.  

They are a dual purpose breed. They are similar inrnappearance to other Welsh Mountain breeds, and rams are frequently used tornimprove the size and conformation of the other Welsh Mountain breeds.  

When crossed with a Suffolk ram, the South Wales Mountainrnewe produces ewe lambs that are sought after as lowland breeding ewes, beingrnhardy, prolific and good milkers with strong conformation. Their fleece isrndense with an even mixture of white kempy fiber.

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About Southdown SheepSouthdown

Southdown Sheep are a good all-rounder, capable of meetingrnthe needs of all breeders. They are a well-fleshed, meaty, sheep with a wide level back through to the tail and a "leg at each corner". Their wool is ofrnfine texture and great density covering the whole body down to the hocks. Theirrnears are small and covered with short wool. Southdown Sheep are an easy lambingrnbreed. Rams are robust, good on their feet and long lived. Average maturernweight for ewes is 65 -75kg, rams 85 - 100kg.  

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About Spaelsau SheepSpaelsau

Spaelsau, also known as Spael, sheep are from Norway. Theyrnare named for their short, nearly wool-less tail (spaelen). They originate from oldrnNorwegian landrace sheep. In 1912, two breeding stations were established tornprevent their extinction. Icelandic sheep were crossed onto the Spaelsau sheeprnthrough semen import in the 1960''s and 1970''s. Finnsheep and Faeroe Islandrnsheep were also used in the breeding of Spaelsau sheep.

Spaelsau sheep are most commonly white, but they are alsornfound in black, brown, grey, blue-grey and various forms of piebald. Most ofrnthem are polled, with about 10% occurrence of horned in both sexes. Their woolrnis double coated, with mean fiber diameter 31.5 micron of underwool and 57.1rnmicron of o ...

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About Spanish Merino SheepSpanish Merino

A number of sheep breeding nations, including Phoenicia Italy, and Spain, are believed to have played a part in the development of thernMerino sheep. However, it is generally agreed upon that the Moors, whorndominated Spain through the eighth to thirteenth centuries, were primarilyrnresponsible for selectively breeding the animals to such an extent that thernwool they produced became superior to that of all other sheep.  

Indeed, the word Merino may be of Moorish origin, possiblyrnevolving from their word for a judge that settled disagreements about flocksrnbetween shepherds. By the eighteenth century, Merino wool was considered sornluxurious and valuable only the sovereign of Spain was permitted to send Merinornsheep out of t ...

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About St. Augustine SheepSt. Augustine

St. Augustine sheep are a cross between Dorper and St. Croix sheep. They were developed inrnFlorida, USA, by Ron Taber in 2000.

St. Croix, sheep have superior mothering abilities, parasiternresistance, and hardiness; while Dorpers are larger and have a heavily-muscledrnframe. The result is a meat sheep cross that does well in hot, humid condition.rn

St. Augustine sheep are medium sized with a medium sizedrnframe. They are well adapted to hot, humid climates and have good parasiternresistance. They are easy to handle, with good flocking instinct. As excellentrnforagers, mature ewes and rams do well on coastal/bahai grass pasture. Ewes arerndeep bodied, able to produce multiple births with ease. Rams are fertile duringrnhot s ...

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About St. Croix SheepSt. Croix

St. Croix is a hair sheep that originated in the VirginrnIslands, where it is called the "Virgin Island White." They are believed to haverndescended from hair sheep of West Africa, but some think they are a cross of WiltshirernHorn and native Criollo sheep. Most St. Croix sheep are white with some solidrntan, brown, black, or white with brown or black spots.

Both sexes are polled, and rams have a large throat ruff.rnExceptional parasite resistance compared to British sheep breeds has beenrndocumented in studies at several universities. The St. Croix is classified as arn"rare" breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

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About Steinschaf SheepSteinschaf

Steinschaf sheep are a direct descendent of the now extinctrnZaupelschaf. They have developed characteristics that made them perfect forrnlife in the high mountains of Eastern Alpine regions. In the beginning of thern20th century the Steinschaf still roamed the meadows of Bavaria, Germany especially the areas around Berchtesgaden, Traunstein, and Rosenheim. In ustria, their range was mainly in the Salzburg area.  

The original Steinschaf used to be a dual-coated, small, andrnwiry high mountain sheep, weighing 28- 30 kg (62-66 lbs). It was bred twice arnyear and it had 20-70 % twins. The modern Steinschaf is a robust, small tornmedium-sized sheep with a coarse, dual-coated fleece that can be of all colorsrnand markings. It woul ...

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About Stewart Island SheepStewart Island

The first large-scale sheep farming venturernon Stewart Island, New Zealand, was commenced in 1874 on what proved to bernunsuitable terrain at Scott Burn. Within a few years other sheep runs wererntaken up on drier land at Island Hill and Kilbride in Masons Bay on the weste coast. Prior to this only small numbers of sheep had been kept on the islandrnfor household supply, mostly at The Neck (on the east coast). Sheep farming wasrnnever greatly successful on the island, although it did continue until thern1990s.

Sheep that escaped from farming operationsrnformed a feral population and some have been recovered in recent years andrnmaintained on the mainland. These are described as being very like those from rapawa Island in size (i.e ...

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About Suffolk SheepSuffolk

Suffolk Sheep are a polled breed, with a distinctivernall-black head and legs, and single color close cropped white wool. Independentrntrials show that Suffolk''s have the fastest growth rate of the terminal sirernbreeds. Average mature ewe weighs 84kg, rams 130kg.

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About Swaledale SheepSwaledale

Swaledale Sheep have a fascinating maskedrnface: the upper part of their face is deep black but a bright silvery whiternsurrounds the nose and eyes. The hair on their face is short and strong. Theyrngrow greyer with age. Their horns are set low, round and rather wide. Their earsrnare grey or silver and of medium length. Their wool is white except at the backrnof the head where it is mixed with part black, with a thick deep bed and curlyrntop of medium length. Their tail is thick, long and woolly and their legs arerngood flat bone of medium length, well set four square, with well-shaped hocks grey or mottled in color, and with good sized feet.

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About Swifter SheepSwifter

Swifter sheep are a new, highlyrnproductive sheep breed, which was developed in the 1970''s by the AgriculturalrnUniversity in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to increase the productivity of thernDutch sheep stock. Swifters are used as dams for slaughter lambs.  

Swifter sheep were developed by crossingrnTexel and Flemish sheep. To obtain excellent, fast-growing lambs for slaughter the Swifter ewe is tupped by a ram for slaughter lamb production: thernCharollais, the Suffolk, or the Texel. Pedigree Swifters produce 2.5 lambs perrnlambing on average. 80% of ewes give birth to two or more lambs in their firstrnyear. Births are almost always without problems.

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About Swiss Black-Brown Mountain SheepSwiss Black-Brown Mountain

Swiss Black-Brown Mountain sheep originate from the ancientrnSwiss Jura, Simmentaler, Saanen, Frutiger, Roux de Bagnes,and Freiburger sheep.rnThey are polled, medium-sized sheep. Their coat is either black, chestnutrncolored, or light brown. Their heads and legs are clear of wool, covered withrnshort black or brown hairs. Their fleece is of single-color, thick, andrnclose-cropped.  

Due to their Merino ancestry, their wool is fine and strongrnand is remarkable for its strength and elasticity. No kemp or white fibers arernallowed. The ewes lamb quite often twice a year and have 1.7 lambs on average thus making them an ideal mother race for crossings with meat producing rams.rnSwiss Black-Brown Mountain lambs, both purebred and c ...

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About Swiss White Alpine SheepSwiss White Alpine

Swiss White Alpine sheep are a short-wooled breed keptrnprimarily for meat. They originated in Switzerland in 1936 from a cross betweenrnthe Swiss White Mountain and 50 to 75% Ile-de-France

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About Tacola SheepTacola

Tacola Sheep are white sheep raised for meat. They are Indigenous breed, descended from Biellese (Alpine group) sheep. Is bred in the provinces of Cuneo, Biella and Vercelli (Piedmont Region).

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About Taleshi SheepTaleshi

Taleshi sheep are from Iran, numbering some 400,000 animalsrnin the north of the country, and distributed in the northern and western partsrnof Gilan Province in the mountains between Assalem, Khalkhal, Oshkourat, andrnDeilaman. They can can also be found in some areas of the Guilan-Zanjan border.rn

Their mean adult live weight ed is 35 kg (77 lbs) for ramsrnand 31 kg (67 lbs) for ewes. Their coat is yellowish-white to pure white, butrnbrown patches are found on their head, face and at the bottom of the legs. Theyrnare valued mainly due to their small size, meat, and ability to live inrnmountainous areas with rain-fed foothills and foothill steppes with 1300 mm (51rninches) rain.  

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About Tan SheepTan

Tan sheep are famous for their fur with long curled hair.rnTheir wool is soft, light and puffy, with long and even fiber, suitable forrnmaking high-grade blankets, shawls, and scarves. Tan sheep are raised in therndesert and semi-desert regions of China.

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About Targhee SheepTarghee

Targhee sheep are one of America''s newest breeds. They wererndeveloped in 1926 at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, fromrnRambouillet, Columbia, and Corriedale crosses. Targhee sheep derive their namernfrom the Targhee National Forest on which the experiment station''s flock grazesrnin the summer. The forest was named for a chief of the Bannock Indians who hadrnlived in the area in the 1860''s.

Targhee are a dual-purpose sheep with good meat type and arnheavy fleece of high quality wool. They are especially popular in Montana Wyoming and South Dakota, where their ¾ fine wool and ¼ long wool breeding isrnfavored by western ranchers.

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About Tautersheep SheepTautersheep

Tautersheep, also known as Tautra sheep, are an extinctrnbreed of sheep from Tautra island in Frosta, Norway. They were a sheep withrnfine wool resembling the Spanish merino. The origin of this breed is disputed but could possibly be a merino sheep brought to Tautra several hundred yearsrnago, and afterwards mixed with old Norse sheep, others have claimed that thernorigin is from the English Ryeland sheep, which suggest that the Tautersheeprnwas a far younger race. The fine wool of the Tautersheep became very popular at thernend of the 19th century, increasing the demand for the growth of the wool which caused problems because the wool had a tendency to grow over the eyes ofrnthe animal. As early as 1805, 70 Tautersheep were exported to Swe ...

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About Teeswater SheepTeeswater

Photo source: The National Sheep Association Teeswater are large hornless longwool sheep from Teesdale inrnthe County of Durham, located in Northern England. For almost 200 years theyrnhave been bred by farmers in that area. Until the 1920''s, the breed was comparativelyrnrare, but now they are to be found in almost every part of the U.K.  

Their wool has fine long-stapled lustrous wool with eachrnlock hanging free with no tendency to matiness. There should be no dark fibersrnin the fleece, which should be uniform in texture over the whole body. ThernTeeswater produces a kemp free fleece, a characteristic it passes on.

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About TEFRom SheepTEFRom

TEFRom are A Composite sheep developed from Texel, EastrnFriesian, and Romney sheep to achieve fast lamb growth in an efficient ewe. Therninitial TEFRom cross was based on: 
  •  25% Texel muscling, parasite resistance and clear under therntail. 
  •  25% East Friesian high fertility (230% base) and milkingrnability. 
  •  50% Romney for stability. strong constitution, fleece weightrntogether with growth rate, fertility and muscling. 

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About Texas Dall SheepTexas Dall

Texas Dall have no relation to Alaskan Dall sheep. They arerna cross between Rambouillet, Barbados Blackbelly, and European Mouflon sheep.  

Although most Texas Dall are white, they can range in colorrnfrom white to blond or pale champagne. Some even have spotted markings, usuallyrnfawn. Their horns are large and spectacular. They are raised primarily forrntrophy hunting.

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About Texel SheepTexel

Texel, also known as Blue Texel, Sheep are quickly gainingrnpopularity with commercial sheep farmers as terminal sires for prime lambrnproduction.

There arernmany kinds of Texel sheep, including Dutch, English, and French. The EnglishrnTexel sheep tend to be taller animals while the Dutch Texel sheep have veryrnshort legs and heavy muscling. All of the Texel sheep remarkable muscle developmentrnand leanness.

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About Tiroler Steinschaf SheepTiroler Steinschaf

TirolerrnSteinschaf, also known as Tyrolean rock sheep or Pecora della Roccia Tirolese sheep is found in Tyrol, ustria and Bolzano, Italy. They are a coarse-wooled breed, belonging to thernLop-eared Alpine group, which is kept mainly for meat production.

The TirolerrnSteinschaf is one of the forty-two autochthonous local sheep breeds of limitedrndistribution for which a herdbook is kept by the Associazione Nazionale dellarnPastorizia, the Italian national association of sheep-breeders. In 2013 norntotal number for the breed was recorded in the herdbook; total numbers arernabout 60 head.

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About Tong SheepTong

Tong sheep originate from Mongolian sheep. They are able tornwithstand unfavorable environmental conditions and are found in the high plainsrnof the northern Shaaxi Province of China, where the average temperature is 13°Crnand annual precipitation is 520 to 600 mm (20-24 in). Their wool is carpetrnwool. Wool production is low.

Tong sheep have the ability to deposit fat in their tail.rnTong lambs have beautiful curls that look like pearls. Coats made from thernpelts provide warmth with light weight.

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About Trimeticcia di Segezia SheepTrimeticcia di Segezia

Trimeticcia di Segezia sheep arerna new breedfrom Segezia. They are considered a synthetic breed developed byrncrossbreeding with three different breeds: Italian Gentile di Puglia, FrenchrnIle de France, and German Wurttemberg sheep. They were developed at thernExperimental Institute for Zootechny of Segezia, province of Foggia, Italy.rnThey are raised in Puglia and Molise. They have a white coat, no horns in bothrnsexes, and are raised for meat, milk and wool.

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About Tsigai SheepTsigai

Tsigai sheep originated in Southeast Europe, where they arernraised for meat and milk. There are many variations of the breed.

Some Tisigai populations have been improved by Merino and ritish meat breeds. Tsigai sheep have long tails. They are good meat and milkrnproducers.

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About Tukidale SheepTukidale

Technically, the Tukidale is a not a new breed of sheep, butrnrather a Romney sheep carrying the T gene for hair. They originated on M.W.rnCoop''s property in New Zealand from a ram born November 26, 1966. The ram possessedrnthe T gene, which is dominant. The T gene is responsible not only for producingrnthe specialty carpet-type fleece, but also the formation of horns in the in thernmale and, to a lesser extent in females.

Tukidale sheep are easy care sheep of good conformation andrnhigh fertility, with carcass acceptability. High fleece weight with a diameterrnin the range of 35-45 microns, with a high percentage of medulated fibers. Theyrnhave an extremely fast rate of wool growth, resulting in two wool clips perrnyear at a premiu ...

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About Tunis SheepTunis

Photographer: Todd Brisco Tunis sheep are one of the oldest sheep breeds. It is believedrnthat they roamed the hills of Tunis and parts of Algeria in North Africa priorrnto the Christian era. American Tunis sheep evolved from a number ofrnimportations of fat-tailed sheep from Africa and the Middle East that wererncrossed with established European breeds to improve the breed''s meatrncharacteristics.  
The earliest documented importation occurred in 1799, a giftrnto the U.S. from the ruler of Tunisia and entrusted to the care of JudgernRichard Peters of Pennsylvania. One of the largest advocates of the Tunis breedrnwas Thomas Jefferson, who owned a fairly large flock. The breed could have beenrna major breed in this country if most of the southern flocks had ...

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About Turchessa SheepTurchessa

Turchessa sheeprnare a medium-sized autochthonous breed belonging "soft wool" group fromrnCampania, Italy. They may have been developed by the crossbreeding withrnMediterranean sheep "with a fat tail". The have a white coat and the males havernspiral-shaped horns. They are raised for meat and milk.

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About Turki SheepTurki

Afghanistan is home to many of Central Asia''s most uniquernbreeds of sheep that are particularly well-adapted to the local conditions andrnhighly valuable commercially. The most notable is the largest breed ofrnfat-rumped sheep, the Turki.  

Turki sheep have two distinct camel humps of fat on theirrnbehinds. They have a high growth rate and are a good producer of mutton, butrnare not a good wool producer. They are raised mostly in the northeastern partsrnof Afghanistan. Turki sheep accompany refugees to neighboring Pakistan wherernthe breed is recognized as Afghani sheep.

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About Tyrol Mountain SheepTyrol Mountain

Tyrol Moutain Sheep are found in Tyrol of Austria and olzano of Italy. They are a coarse wooled breed, belonging to the Lop-eared lpine group, which is kept for meat production.   

Tyrol Mountain sheep are similar to Carinthian sheep but theyrnhave better wool, a white face and longer ears. They are also occasionally piedrnor black. Both sexes are polled. Tyrol Mountain sheep originated from the Bergamasca Steinschaf, and Spiegel variety of Carinthian sheep.

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About Uda SheepUda

Uda sheep are from Africa. They are common in Chand Northern Cameroon, Northern Nigeria, and Niger. There are many varieties of Udarnsheep; but usually their back half is white and their front half is brown orrnblack. They are also known as Pied, Ouda, North Nigerian Fulani, Louda, Houda Foulbe, Fellata, Bororo, Bali-Bali, and Oudah bicolore sheep.

They are Sahel-type hair sheep and they are raised mainlyrnfor meat production.

They are small to medium sized animal. The ewes are polledrnand the rams have spiral horn that project horizontally from the head.

Their ears are long and dropped, and they can either bernwhite or the same color as their head. Both rams and ewes are about of samernsize, and they stand around 6 ...

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About Ujumqin SheepUjumqin

Ujumqin sheep are a larger version of the Mongolian breed, arernfound in Inner Mongolia, China. They have a fat tail 28 cm (11.2 in) long by 36rncm (14.4 in) wide in the male, and 22 cm long by 28 cm (8.8 in) wide in thernfemale. When dressed, the tail fat weighs 2 kg (4.4 lbs) or more. Ujumqin sheeprnwere developed due to the sharp seasonal contrast in plant growth in thernpastoral areas.  

The sheep tend to deposit a large amount of fat in the bodyrnin order to meet nutritional demands during winter and spring. They are adaptedrnto the unfavorable local environmental conditions of the North and Northwest PastoralrnGrasslands. Their Wool is coarse and production is low, with an annual greasernfleece weight of only about 1 kg ...

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About Valachian SheepValachian

Valachian sheep are a highly endangered variety of landrace.rnPresently, their only breeding is done in Germany and strictly for preservation.rnValachian sheep are dual-coated with coarse, mostly white wool that reaches thernground; gray and black are rare.   

Valachian rams often have Roman noses and look imposing withrnspiraling horns of up to one meter, that stick out sideways. The ewes sometimesrnhave corkscrew-like, fine horns. They are extremely shy, high-spirited, alert and loyal to its territory, nearly exhibiting the character of a wild animal. Theyrnare remarkably hardy and frugal and can withstand extreme cold, highrnprecipitation, as well as drought.

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About Valais Blacknose SheepValais Blacknose

Valais Blacknosernsheep come from the Valais region of southern Switzerland. They are a rare dual-purpose breed that is raised both forrnmeat and for wool. Both rams and ewes are horned and they have a very distinctrn“black-hole face” – their faces, eyes, and noses are all black surrounded byrnlong white wool.

Valais Blacknosernsheep are well adapted lifernin the high mountains and they graze even on the steepest, stoniest slopes.

Other than Switzerland Valais Blacknose sheep can be foundrnin Germany and recently 10 ewes and one ram where imported into Scotland by arnrancher named Raymond Irvine.

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About Valle del Belice SheepValle del Belice

Valle del Belicernsheep have a white coat and a white head. The males sometimes have horns butrnthe females do not. They are an autochthonous breed from Valle del Belice Provinces of Agrigento, Trapani and Palermo, in Sicily). They were developedrnfrom crosses with Pinzirita and Comisana e Sarda sheep. They are raised forrnmilk.

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About Van Rooy SheepVan Rooy

In 1906, Senator J. C. van Rooy, of the farm Koppieskraal inrnthe Bethulie district of South Africa, started his experiments to propagate arnbreed of sheep for slaughter lamb production: The requirements he set for thisrnbreed, were threefold:
1. The breed had to be strong and hardy to cope withrnregular droughts;
2. It had to be fertile in order to maintain a highrnpercentage of production;
3. It had to have an excellent conformation.

With these aims in mind he made use of a white "Blinkhaar frikaner" ram and eighty Rambouillet ewes. With the progeny of these thernprinciple of inbreeding, coupled with severe selection, was applied. Later on a polled Wensleydale ram was introduced in an effort to improve conformation.rnTh ...

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About Varesina SheepVaresina

Varesina sheeprnare a Lop-eared Alpine breed found in the area near Biandronno, Italy. Originallyrnthey were transhumant (migratory), and until the mid-1960''s some Varesa sheeprnwere in flocks that summered in the Alps. All that remain today are sedentaryrnand are kept in small family flocks of mixed breeds. They are one of thernlargest breeds of sheep in Italy, and only slightly smaller than Biella sheep.

The are whiternsheep with a slightly convex hornless head. Their tail is long and thin.

They are raised mainlyrnfor meat and their lambs are of good conformation for butchering.

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About Vendeen SheepVendeen

VendeenrnSheep''s head and legs are pale to dark brown and are lightly fleeced. The bodyrnis long with a broad back, well sprung ribs, strong loin and well developedrngigot. The breed has a noble head and broad muzzle. It is hornless and the pollrnnot too wide. The ears are large. It has an excellent quality close fleecernwhich sheds water easily. Average mature ewe weighs 65-80kg, rams 95-120kg.

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About Vicentina SheepVicentina

Vicentina sheeprnare white and raised for meat. They are a variety of Lamon Sheep. They are foundrnon the Asiago Plateau (Vicenza Province, Lombardy Region, northern Italy).rnFormerly, they were also in the Chiampo Valley. Most sheep in the area are inrnfamily holdings of only three to four head. In the winter they are stall-fed but during the summer are put into bands of 700-1.000 sheep to graze in thernmountains above the plateau.

Vicentina sheeprnare similar to the Lamon, except that dark colouration on their face and legsrnis more extensive, and the convex profile of the head is less pronounced thanrnthat of the Lamon.

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About Villnoesser SheepVillnoesser

Villnosser sheep also known as Karntner Brillenschaf, Jesersko- Solcavska, or Brillenschaf)rnwere developed in the 18th century, from crossbreeding Carinthian Landrace, ergamask, and Paduan silk sheep. In Southern Carinthia, the Friaul, and inrnSlovenia, Villnosser sheep were very common.

Villnosser sheeprnare a strong and medium-sized sheep with a roman and a bare head with lop earsrnof medium length. They have black spots around the eyes (glasses) contributedrnto the German name of the sheep ( "Brillensheep"). Pigments may, however also occur at their ears and sometimes on their body or lips. Their meat isrnespecially aromatic. Villnosser sheep are especially characterized byrnout-of-season oestrus behavior, hard hooves, and fine ...

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About Vissana SheepVissana

Vissanna sheeprnare an Italian autochthonous sheep breed from Visso in the province ofrnMacerata. They belong to the Apennine group and are reared in high hills butrnthey are able to make the most of poor pastures.

They arernmedium-small sheep (males: 70 cm, females: 60 cm at the withers) with whiternwool. They are raised for meat, milk, and wool.

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About Vlaams schaap SheepVlaams schaap

Vlaams Schaap are a rare multi-purpose sheep that originatedrnin Belgium during the late middle ages. They are sometimes confused with the elgium Milk Sheep.

After the Second World War all native milk sheeprnwere amalgamated to the Belgian milk sheep and the Flemish sheep almostrnentirely disappeared. In the Netherlands, the Flemish sheep was used in therndevelopment of the Swifter. They are a large breed, milky and fertile. They canrneasily raise three lambs. Their white wool is long and curly at the ends.

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About Voskop SheepVoskop

Voskop (or Fox Head) sheep are related to Ardense sheeprnwhich were brought to the better Flemish meadows for fattening. They are averagernsize. Rams weigh between 70 and 80 kg (154-176 lbs.); ewes between 55 and 70 kg 121-154 lbs.). 

Ewes wean on average 1.7 lambs. Their wool is pale brownrnwithout spotting. They are a hardy sheep, able to withstand both dryness andrndampness and cold. They produce meat of excellent quality and taste.

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About Wallis Country SheepWallis Country

Wallis Country Sheep (Roux du Valais) are from Upper Wallis where they were once as widespread as the Valais Blacknosed Sheep. It is believedrnthat they are related to the now extinct Copper Sheep, Pilot Sheep, Roux de agnes.

They are reddish-brown color ("roux") and are horned. They have course wool and are used for arnlean meat production. They are noted for their extreme trust in humans and arnparticularly strong herd instinct. They are well suited for management ofrnborderline production areas and landscape care.

They nearly died out in Switzlerland in the 1980s. However they experienced a renaissance through the promotion of Pro Specie Rara and thernexpansion of the breeding area into Romandie and German-speaking Switz ...

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About Waziri SheepWaziri

Waziri sheep are from the Waziristan region of Pakistan.rnThey are also found in the Bannu District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

They are medium-sized, and have a white, muscular body and arnblack head with small ears. They have a large tail. They are considered to be arnmicrosheep, as females weigh less than 25kg at maturity.

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About Welsh Halfbred SheepWelsh Halfbred

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Welsh Halfbred, also known as Welsh Mules, are the progenyrnof registered Bluefaced Leicester rams crossed with ewes of one of three hardyrnhill breeds from Mid and North Wales -- the Welsh Mountain, Welsh Hill SpeckledrnFace and Bealah -- all having the reputation for being healthy, hardy, goodrnforagers with exceptional mothering qualities.

The Welsh Halfbred was developed in the 1970''s to satisfyrnthe demand from prime lamb producers for a prolific ewe with good growthrnpotential, good milking capacity, and when crossed with modern breeds of meatrnsires, the ability to produce prime quality, long lean-finished lambs. Facialrncoloration varies from white to a dark mottled or speckel ...

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About Welsh Hill Speckled Face SheepWelsh Hill Speckled Face

Welsh HillrnSpeckled Face Sheep are a very attractive breed with black markings onrnnose, eyes, ears, knees and feet on an otherwise white body. Ewes are polled but both horned and polled rams are acceptable. Average mature ewe weighs 50-55kg rams 60-70kg.

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About Welsh Mountain SheepWelsh Mountain

Welsh Mountain ewes have a white or tan face, they have arnstrong close textured fleece and a typical ewe clip weighs up to 2kg. The ramrnis usually, but not always, horned. Average mature ewe weighs 35-40kg on thernhill or mountain but can add a further 10kg when drafted onto lowland.

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About Wensleydale SheepWensleydale

Wensleydale are very large longwool sheep. They have a boldrnand alert carriage which is accentuated by their broad, level backs on widernquarters and strong thighs. They have a distinctive deep blue head and ears which should be clean except for a well-developed forelock of wool, usuallyrnreferred to as the ''topping''. Both genders are polled. Average mature ewernweighs 113kg, rams 136kg.

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About West African SheepWest African

West African Sheep arernnot found in west Africa, they are found in Colombia, Venezuela, and thernCaribbean. They are usually brown, ranging in shade from tan to brown andrncherry-red to dark red. They are very similar to Pelibuey sheep in size andrnconfirmation. They are polled and the male is sometimes maned.

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About West African Dwarf SheepWest African Dwarf

West African Dwarfs (also known as Djallonkes) are therndominant sheep breed from southwest to central Africa. They are found fromrnSenegal to Chad, Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo. They are wellrnadapted to life in humid forested area, sub-humid areas and savannahs. They arernprimarily raised for meat.

West African Dwarfs are generally white or piebald (theirrnfront half is black and their back half is white). However, skewbald (tan onrnwhite) and blackbelly patterns are found, and the Kirdi type are speciallyrnselected to be entirely black.

The rams weigh approximately 37 kg (82 lb), have arnwell-developed thro ...

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About White Headed Marsh SheepWhite Headed Marsh

White Headed Marsh Sheep originated in the north sea marshesrnof West Germany. Its beginnings can be traced back to the mid-1800s when NorthrnGerman Marsh sheep, the local milk sheep, were crossed with imported Britishrnlongwool breeds, including the Cotswold.

In Denmark and North Germany the White Headed Marsh livernoutside in very wet and cold conditions. They are known for their hardiness natural immunity, easy-care and excellent meat. They lamb at 180% in Denmark.

White Headed Marsh are similar-looking to Romneys orrnCoopworths, but are much larger with meaty hindquarters and wide deep loin andrnrack meat (the most valuable cuts).

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About White Horned Heath SheepWhite Horned Heath

White Horned Heath sheep originated from the Grey HornedrnHeath Sheep and was first developed as a separate breed at the beginning of thern20th century. The original herds consisted of both horned and polled animals. Arnfew years later they were divided into two breeds, the polled called WhiternPolled Heath or Moorschnucke.  

Since 1949, the White Horned Heath has been recognized as arnnew race. They are a small landrace breed which can be used to preserve heathrnand moor areas. They are always pure white, both sexes are horned, the meat isrnof very high quality and tastes like venison.

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About White Mountain SheepWhite Mountain

White Mountain (also known as Deutsches Bergschaf) sheep are found in the Bavarian Alps andrnPre-alps of southern Germany. They were developed by grading local breeds to ergamasca and Tyrol Mountain sheep. They are a coarse to medium wooled breedrnand are polled.

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About White Polled Heath SheepWhite Polled Heath

White Polled Heath are hardy and frugal sheep from the northe German counties of Diepholz, Nienburg, and Rotenburg. They are white dual-coated, graceful landrace with a small frame. They have a slender head withrnsmall ears that stick out to the side. Both sexes are hornless and havernlight-colored, hard hoofs. They mature slowly.

Their numbers have dwindled. Their decline started when ranchersrnno longer paid shepherds to take their flocks grazing on the moors. It took therninvolvement of nature protectors and breeders to save them from extinction.

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About White Suffolk SheepWhite Suffolk

Beginning in 1977, Dr. Ewan Roberts of the University of NewrnSouth Wales in Australia started a breeding program to develop a terminal sirernbreed of sheep. His goals were to have a breed with the confirmation structure, and growth of the Suffolk, but with a white head and legs. Therninitial cross was between Suffolk and Polled Dorset and separately Suffolkrncrossed with Border Leicester. The F2 and subsequent generations were selectedrnagainst black points and for increased gain.   

White Suffolk sheep have similar features to Suffolk sheep however, instead of dark points the White Suffolk has a white face and legs.

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About Whiteface Dartmoor SheepWhiteface Dartmoor

Whiteface Dartmoor Sheep have a white head and face, thernface of the ewe being free of wool, the ears are short and thick withrnoccasional black spots on them. They were always horned but this feature hasrntended to disappear over the years, particularly amongst the ewes. The body isrndeep, broad and of medium length. The wool is white, of good staple and with arnfairly strong crimp. Average mature ewe weighs 54kg, rams 74kg.

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About Whitefaced Woodland SheepWhitefaced Woodland

Whiteface Woodland Sheep are a large-framed hill breed has arnbroad face which should be white with a pink nose. The legs are white and freernfrom wool. The fleece is white and of a very fine quality. They are horned inrnboth sexes, the males having heavy spiraling horns. The sheep are strong bonedrnand long in the body. Their tails have a distinct muscular appearance. Averagernmature ewe weighs 63kg, rams 130kg.

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About Wiltipoll SheepWiltipoll

Wiltshire Polled, also known as Wiltipoll, Sheep are polledrnsheep that were developed in Australia. Development was started with WiltshirernHorned ewes and expanded with Border Leicester, Perendale, Poll Dorset, andrnPoll Merino genetics.

Wiltshire Polled Sheep are large (they weigh up to 125 kg -276rnlb), are very hardy, and can survive on rough, scrubby feed. They are primarilyrnraised for meat.

Wiltshire Polled Sheep shed their wool annually. Due to thisrnprocess, the energy of the sheep is directed into meat and milk, not wool. Theyrnare therefore very low maintenance as there is no need for shearing, crutching jetting, dipping and docking of tails. They are grass seed resistant and flyrnand lice resistant, reducing t ...

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About Wiltshire Horn SheepWiltshire Horn

Wiltshire Horn Sheep have no wool. They are an oldrnestablished lowland breed that is large and white faced. Both sexes are hornedrnand wool-less. Average mature ewe weighs 72kg, rams 126kg.

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About Woodstock SheepWoodstock

One of New Zealand''s lesser known flocks of feral sheep hasrnbeen found on Woodstock Station, lying on the middle reaches of the WaimakaririrnRiver valley west of Oxford in Canterbury. The Station is immediately adjacentrnto the Oxford State Forest, New Zealand.

During initial surveys of feral sheep in the 1970s they werernconsidered to be of little significance and were among those tagged forrneradication by the Department of Conservation. However, a more recent awarenessrnof the potential genetic importance of feral flocks of early origin hasrnresulted in a renewed interest in the Woodstock sheep.

The flock is believed to have originated from anrnintroduction of Merinos to the Station in the 1890s, a time when there wasrn ...

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About Wrzosowka SheepWrzosowka

Wrzosowka sheep belong to the Northern type of short-tailedrnsheep which have been kept for centuries in different regions of Europe including Northeastern parts of Poland. They are unique among Polish sheeprnbreeds, since they are extremely adaptable to difficult conditions disease-resistant, and prolific. They are able to reproduce all year round.  

They are rather thin and small, proportionally built. Theirrnfleece is usually consists of two layers: down and medulated hair. Their skinsrnare used for fur coat production. Ewes are usually polled, while rams havernwidely set black horns. Wrzosowka sheep are the only surviving primitive sheeprnbreed in Poland. A conservation program was started in 1981.

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About Xinjiang Finewool SheepXinjiang Finewool

Xinjiang Finewool sheep were among the first of the Chinesernbreeds and they played a part in the establishment of other breeds. Thernoriginal crosses were between Russian Merino rams, probably of the Caucasian Precoce, and Stravrapol types, with local breeds of ewe. The most important ofrnthese breeds was the Kazakh, but some Mongolian ewes were also used.   

There followed a program of backcrossing to the Merinornparent, with some interbreeding and selection. Australian rams were used to arnlimited extend during the 1970s in the development of the Xinjiang breed. ThernXinjiang Finewool is a dual-purpose sheep with emphasis placed on woolrnproduction and body weight.

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About Zerasca SheepZerasca

Zerasca arernmedium-sized white sheep from Zeri (Lunigiana, Tuscany), Italy.

Among the localrnTuscan ovine breeds that survived the extinction process linked to the changesrnin farming systems and market demands, the Zerasca breed is very appreciatedrnfrom farmer for its rusticity and for the capacity to produce heavy lamb reared with its mother at pasture until the slaughtering age of 60 days thatrnfurnish meat very appreciated by consumer.

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About Zulu SheepZulu

Zulu sheep are native to South Africa and arernpredominantly raised by rural farmers in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Theyrnare raised primarily for meat. They belong to the Nguni type of sheep.

Zulu sheep are small, multicolored sheep thatrnare well suited to the harsh conditions and very tolerate to diseases. Inrnaddition they can walk long distances and have good foraging ability.

Nevertheless, their existence isrnthreatened. Their place is being taken up by less adapted exotic breeds, eitherrnby replacement or crossbreeding. This change is being driven by the perception held by most farmers, that indigenous livestock show poorer performancerncompared to their exotic counterparts. This line of thinking has been receivi ...

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About Zwartbles SheepZwartbles

Zwartbles sheep are from the Friesland region of the northrnNetherlands. They are primarily used for the production of sheep milk as wellrnas lamb and mutton. They are known for being docile and friendly, and they arernalso prolific milkers and are excellent mothers.

Zwartble sheep have a distinct appearance; they have a black/brown fleece a white blaze on the face, 2 - 4 white socks, and a white tail tip (which isrntraditionally left undocked). Both rams and ewes are polled. They arernrelatively large sheep: ewes weigh an average of 85 kg (187lb), and rams 100 kg 220 lb).

They have dense fleece that ranges from black to brown with sun bleachedrntips, some silvering maybe present in older animals. Their wool is medium tornf ...

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