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.
The Van Rooy sheep is now run mostly in the arid areas.
Distribution is South Africa and Australia.
All the varieties of shedding sheep, and their strengths and weaknesses.
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