About Corriedale Sheep
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.
produce bulky, high-yielding wool ranging from 31.5 to 24.5 micron fiber
diameter. The fleece from mature ewes will weigh from 10 to 17 pounds (4.5-7.7
kg) with a staple length of 3.5 to 6 inches (9-15 cm). The yield percent of the
fleece ranges from 50 to 60 percent. Mature rams will weigh from 175 to 275
pounds (79-125 kg), ewe weights range from 130 to 180 pounds (59-81 kg).