About Berrichon du Cher Sheep
Berrichon du Cher has been bred
for meat production since the 18th century. This long-lasting breeding process
has resulted in a well-conformed breed, characterized by early growth.
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Berrichon ewes have a natural
ability to lamb out-of-season: 60% of lambs are naturally born from September
to November, a schedule which provides high flexibility in terms of production.
Berrichon du Cher Sheep are hardy
and are able to cover wide distances, which render the breed suitable for
various livestock management systems and territory types. For example, the
breed enables production of well-conformed sheepfold lambs, as a complement to
grain cultivation: lambing then takes place in the sheepfold from October to
February and the ewes are turned out to pasture after the lambs have been
Berrichon du Cher Sheep are also
suitable for free-range or semi-free-range breeding systems, with later lambing
during spring and a grass finishing phase.
Berrichon du Cher Sheep are
highly valued in terminal crossbreeding with rams that strongly influence their
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France Genetique Elevage.