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by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Dorset Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 371

Dorset Sheep

Dorsets are a polled wool sheep known for producing heavily muscled lambs, hence their inclusion here. They also produce a lamb crop any time of year. The first Horned Dorsets were brought from the UK to the US in 1885. Dorset ewes are prolific, heavy milkers with lambs having moderate growth and bu...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Dorper Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 368

Dorper Sheep

The Dorper is a meat sheep with worldwide distribution, having spread from South Africa where it is the second most popular breed. Dorpers hit the United States in 1995. The breed was developed in South Africa in the 1930s by crossing Blackheaded Persian ewes with Dorset Horns. The Dorper typically ...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Dormer Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 398

Dormer Sheep

The Dormer is a cross between Dorset Horn rams and German Merino. It was developed at Elsenburg Research Station of the Department of Agriculture over a 10-year period. The aim was to breed a mutton breed which could adapt to cold wet conditions in South African winters. The Dormer is said to have h...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Damara Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 382

Damara Sheep

The Damara originated from eastern Asia and Egypt and moved to Namibia and Angola. Damara can survive a harsh environment and poor nutrition putting them in the same feeding category as goats. The hair is mostly short with a fine layer of wool during winter. Damara vary in colour. Distribution is Af...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Cotentin Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 391

Cotentin Sheep

The Cotentin is a French sheep now found in three main regions - Calvados, Orne and Manche.

It is a meat breed dating back to 1900. It is a large polled sheep with pink skin. It is believed there are only 2000 left.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Comisana Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Comisana Sheep

The Comisana is a Mediterranean sheep valued for its milk yield, used to make cheeses in a tradition thousands of years old.

The average yield is 200L per lactation, or more than 2L a day.

Distribution is mainly Italy and the Mediterranean.
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Chios Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 390

Chios Sheep

The Chios is of Mediterranean origin and distribution. It is an unusual sheep being white with black or brown spots around the eyes, and on the ears, nose, belly and legs. Milk production varies from 120-300kg of milk per lactation, with the highest recorded being almost 600kg. Main distribution is ...
by Shepherd
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Charollais Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 369

Charollais Sheep

The Charollais makes wool but is included here because it is a heavy sheep with a long loin and well muscled hindquarters. They originated in the 1800s from a cross with British Leicester and local landrace breeds. The Charollais is medium sized with clean head. The wool is fine to medium and dense....
by Shepherd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Cameroon Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 383

Cameroon Sheep

The Cameroon is a West African hair sheep. In autumn there is an additional undercoat shed after winter. Cameroon sheep are prolific and can breed at an early age. They are can produce two lamb crops a year. They are also considered disease resistant and hardy. Their most common color is brown with ...
by Shepherd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: The Meat Sheep Forum
Topic: Cambridge Sheep
Replies: 0
Views: 370

Cambridge Sheep

The Cambridge is a dark-faced, medium-sized sheep that was founded in 1964 at Cambridge University, as a prolific breeder. The foundation stock contained prolific ewes selected from within native breeds. The Cambridge is valued for crossing with other breeds to produce better quality ewes. The breed...