Estonian Ruhnu Sheep
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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.

rnrnTheir 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.

rnrnThey 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 of the ewes are polled. Their tail is short orrnmedium length. They have double coated wool and are two fiber types and thernwool is usually used for making hand knitting yarn and clothing, such asrnsweaters. rnrn

rnrnThe average body weight for rams is aroundrn80 kg. And average live body weight of the ewes is around 50 kg.

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