About Grey Troender Sheep
Grey Troenders are medium-sized sheep from Trondelag region
of Norway. They were developed, in the late 19th century, from
the crossbreeding of native landrace sheep with the now extinct Tautra sheep.
They are most commonly found in shades of grey with
distinctive white markings under their eyes. Although, brown, black, and white
woolled animals are also occasionally seen. Their wool is uniform with a minimum
fiber diameter of 32.3 mm, and around 2-3 kg average weight. Both rams and ewes
are usually polled and they have half-long or variable length tails. They weigh
from 70 to 80 kg.
Today, they are a very rare breed with approximately 50
individual animals available (nearly all residing within Norway); however,
their total population is increasing gradually. The Committee on Farm Animal
Genetic Resources established a project for collecting and freezing semen from
Grey Troender rams in an effort to revive the breed in 1998.