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Poll Dorset
2014-10-27 11:20:12

The poll Dorset is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in Australia and was developed to be purebred hornless breed. It was developed between 1937 and 1954 by introducing the poll gene into the Dorset Horn breed and back breeding until the bloodline was nearly one hundred percent Dorset Horn. This breed shares its name with the polled Dorset that was developed in the United States at the...

Norfolk Horn
2014-10-23 13:55:56

The Norfolk horn, known by many other names including the Old Norfolk, the Blackface Norfolk Horned, and the Norfolk Horned, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in the heathlands of Norfolk, England. Unlike other black-faced sheep breeds, this breed is able to survive in dry and cool conditions. It was popular in its native country until the nineteenth century, during which time...

Manx Loaghtan
2014-10-16 09:49:26

The Manx loaghtan is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the Isle of Man. This breed descended from primitive sheep that once resided on the Hebrides, the Shetland Islands, and Scotland. Its name is derived from the Manx term lugh dhoan, which means mouse brown and is the color of the breed. The Manx loaghtan is small in size and the wool is dark brown in color, with the legs and...

Clun Forest Sheep
2014-09-23 08:05:26

The Clun Forest sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in and named after the Clun Forest area of Shropshire. The first record of this breed was written in 1803 by Reverend Joseph Plymley, who wrote about its appearance. In 1873 Youatt wrote of the same characteristics, but also stated that the breed was changing quickly due to crossbreeding with many local breeds including the...

Border Leicester
2014-09-22 09:07:27

The border Leicester is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in England in 1767. The breed was named after the area in which it was developed and from the foundation stock of Dishley Leicester that was used in its development. It became a common breed in the United Kingdom by the nineteenth century and it has been exported to other countries including the United State, Canada, India, South...

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep
2014-09-22 08:17:04

The Barbados black belly sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean, although it has been found to have some African ancestry. The USDA imported a small flock of this breed in 1904 for the purpose of scientific study and there are now two distinct breeds, creating some confusion with the names. The purebred Barbados blackbelly sheep has no...

Romeldale
2014-09-22 08:03:38

The Romeldale, also known as the California variegated mutant or CVM, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in the United States. Its name refers to the breeds that were used in its development, known as the Rambouillet and the Romney, while the term CVM is used to refer to derivative individuals that hold a rare coloration. This breed was developed by A.T. Spencer during the twentieth...

Alpines Steinschaf
2014-09-16 09:26:07

The Alpines Steinschaf is a breed of domestic sheep that is located in the Southern Alps of Germany and Eastern Alps of Austria. This breed is one of four in the Steinschaf group, which is thought to be derived from the Zaupelschaf type which lived during the medieval period or the Torschaf, which is older than the Zaupelschaf. This most likely makes the Alpines Steinschaf the oldest breed of...

Magpie Duck
2014-09-08 12:28:35

The magpie duck is a breed of domestic duck that originated in the United Kingdom during the nineteenth century. The breed was developed by Oliver Drake and M.C. Gower-Williams, who most likely used selective breeding techniques with the Belgian Huttegem, a breed that was highly similar to the magpie duck. Although it was brought to the United States in 1963 and accepted by the American...

Wessex Saddleback
2014-09-05 10:36:48

The Wessex saddleback, also known as the Wessex pig, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Wessex. Its complete origin is unknown, with some stating that is was developed by crossing the Old English sheeted pig and a breed of black pig from the New Forest region. Many suggest that the breed is one of the few to have been mostly unaffected by crossbreeding with Neapolitan pigs, which...

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