Polled Dorset Sheep
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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.rnrn 

rnrnPolled Dorsets are an all-white, medium-sized sheep,rnprolific 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 registered in thernUnited States has grown to exceed the number of Horned Dorsets. Without hornsrnthe sheep are easier to handle and there is much less risk of the rams hurtingrnthemselves or others by butting. The Polled Dorset is sometimes confused withrnthe Australian Poll Dorset, but that breed did not start as a genetic mutationrnbut resulted from the introduction of Corriedale and Ryeland blood into thernDorset breeding program.

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