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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."

rnrnPictures 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 whiternlegs and black head that is free of wool. 
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These extremely hardy and frugal landracernsheep are well suited for the wet climates of rough highlands, where it isrnuseful in landscape preservation. In the higher regions, the sheep feed onrnrough grasses and tree sprouts; in lower areas, they groom the meadows that arerndotted with fruit trees.


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