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2014-10-16 11:48:23

The Navajo-Churro, also known as the Churro, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in North America. The breed’s origin began when Native American tribes, including the Hopi and the Navajo, acquired Spanish Churra sheep from explorers during the 1500’s and bred them with Jacob sheep. The breed was given a new name, the Churro sheep, by frontiersmen and although the breed was...

2014-10-16 11:24:17

The Merino is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in Central Spain and Turkey. It is thought that the foundation stock of this breed was introduced into the area by a tribe of Berbers during the twelfth century. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, breeders from Spain introduced breeds from England, developing the Merino sheep strains that would shape the breed of today. These...

South African Meat Merino
2014-10-16 11:18:14

The South African meat Merino, also known as the South African mutton Merino or SAMM, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in South Africa. It was created using Merinofleischschaf sheep from Germany that were imported into the area in 1932 to improve African breeds. Today, this breed and its hybrids have replaced nearly all of the British breeds in harsh areas of the region because...

2014-10-16 10:41:37

The Jacob sheep, also known as the piebald sheep, is a breed of domestic sheep that developed without large amounts of human intervention, making it an heirloom or unimproved breed. Its exact origin is unknown, but it is known to have descended from some type of Old World sheep. Piebald or spotted sheep have been documented throughout history in many areas including the Mediterranean and the...

2014-10-14 11:06:32

The Lacaune is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from the Lacaune region near southern France, from which it was named. Although it is now used for milk production, it once only produced 18.4 gallons during the human milking period each year. The French government established a strict selective breeding program that included rigorous breeding and meticulous record keeping, as well as...

Hog Island Sheep
2014-10-14 10:12:48

The Hog Island sheep is a breed of feral sheep that resides on Hog Island in Virginia. The breed descended from domestic sheep that were brought to the island during the 1700’s. Most likely the sheep used to develop the hog island sheep were modern English sheep, but Merino sheep could have been present on the island. It became feral between the 1930’s and 1940’s after a storm forced the...

Icelandic Sheep
2014-10-14 09:58:59

The Icelandic sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that descended from a stock of sheep brought to the area by the Vikings. This breed has been raised in a harsh environment for thousands of years, which has made it hardy in its cold environment, and it was once used for producing milk that could be used for making butter, cheese, and yogurt, but this required lambs to be weaned at an early age...

Hebridean Sheep
2014-10-09 10:25:28

The Hebridean sheep, often called the St. Kilda sheep in the past, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to the Hebrides in Scotland. The last native individuals of this breed were known to live on only Uist Island and many of these were taken off the island in the 1880’s to be given to various estates in England as ornamental animals. Eventually the remaining flock of Hebridean...

2014-10-09 10:20:32

The Hampshire, also known as the Hampshire Down, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in 1829 by crossbreeding the Wiltshire Horn, Berkshire Nott, and Old Hampshire that were native to the Hampshire Downs and the Southdowns sheep. All of these breeds held horns and white faces, but not all held desirable traits like strong genes, high quality meat, and fast maturation rates....

Gulf Coast Native
2014-10-07 10:36:07

The Gulf Coast native, also known as the Louisiana Scrub or the Gulf Coast sheep, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to the Gulf Coast of the United States. The origin of this breed can be traced back to the Churra sheep that were brought to the area by Spanish explorers during the fifteenth century. Other breeds were later introduced into the bloodline including sheep from France and...

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