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by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Why meat sheep?
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Views: 13677

Why meat sheep?

Unless you need the wool, or the wool price makes it worth selling, it may be unwise to run sheep that require annual shearing. Wool can be a disease risk, being more conducive to lice and fly strike. Annual shearing costs time and money. Producing wool uses more of a sheep's resources, which are re...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Are you a breeder?
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Views: 14402

Are you a breeder?

If you breed and sell a variety of meat sheep then please list your operation in our breeder forums.

If you have experience with any of these breeds then please tell us about it in the discussion forum.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Wiltshire Horn Sheep
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Views: 13729

Wiltshire Horn Sheep

The Wiltshire Horn is a very old British breed. Rams and ewes are horned.

It was hugely popular in the 17th century, but almost became extinct by the 20th century.

The breed is enjoying a resurgence for its shedding ability, hardiness and quality meat.

Distribution is worldwide.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Wiltipoll Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13545

Wiltipoll Sheep

The Wiltipoll is a polled shedding sheep developed in Australia from the UK's Wiltshire Horn. It is intended to produce prime lamb. The short white fleece is shed in spring and summer. The horns were removed by introducing blood from Border Leicester, Poll Dorset, and Polled Merino breeds. Wiltipoll...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: West African Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13439

West African Sheep

The West African is a polled hair sheep that is usually from tan to brown or red to dark red.

They are similar to the Pelibuey.

Distribution is Caribbean and South America.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Van Rooy Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13323

Van Rooy Sheep

The Van Rooy hair sheep breed began in 1906 by South African Senator J. C. van Rooy, with a plan to create animals that could cope with drought, have high production, and good conformation. He started with a Blinkhaar Afrikaner ram and Rambouillet ewes. A polled Wensleydale ram was introduced later....
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: St Croix Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13596

St Croix Sheep

The St Croix is a polled hair sheep from the Virgin Islands, where it is called the Virgin Island White. It is likely descended from hair sheep of West Africa, possibly with Wiltshire Horn and native Criollo blood. Colour is solid tan, brown, black or white with brown or black spots. The breed has g...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Somali Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13638

Somali Sheep

The Somali is an African polled hair sheep.

They are white with a black head.

They are an ancestor of the Blackheaded Persian developed in South Africa.

Distribution is Africa and South America.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Santa Ines Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13540

Santa Ines Sheep

The Santa Ines is a polled hair sheep from Brazil.

It is likely a cross of Morada Nova, Bergamasca and Crioula.

Color ranges from red, black and white and spotted or solid. They are large, long-legged and have large ears.

They have a low litter size of 1.25.

Distribution is South America.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Royal White Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 13529

Royal White Sheep

The Royal White breed was developed by Dorpcroix Sheep Farm in Texas. The breed is a cross between the Dorper and St Croix. They are white. They grow longer hair in the winter that is shed in spring. Ewes and rams are hornless. Research continues with the breed in meat production and disease resista...