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Rambouillet Sheep
2014-10-27 11:31:48

The Rambouillet sheep, also known as the French Merino or the Rambouillet Merino, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in France. This breed’s development began in 1786, when King Louis XVI acquired 366 Spanish Merino sheep from King Charles III of Spain. The flock was bred experimentally at Bergerie royale, a royal farmed owned by the king, where crossbreeding and selective...

2014-10-27 11:25:59

The polled Dorset is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in 1956 at the Small Ruminant Unit of North Carolina State University for the purpose of meat production. The breed’s development began in 1949, when four Horned Dorset sheep were found to have no horns. These ewes and others were bred with Horned Dorset sheep until two rams were born, one of which had no horns. In 1956, the...

Perendale
2014-10-27 10:40:05

The Perendale is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in New Zealand at Massey University, formerly known as Massey Agricultural College. The breed was developed by crossbreeding Cheviot rams with Romney ewes for use in hilly areas and was named after Sir Geoffrey Peren. It has declined in population since the 1980’s due to the decrease in farming in the hill country and in the demand...

Portland Sheep
2014-10-27 09:16:50

The Portland sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in England and was named after the Isle of Portland in Dorset. It is one of the oldest tan-faced breeds in Dorset and is known to have contributed to the development of the Dorset sheep. This breed could once be found throughout Dorset, but by the 1970’s it nearly became extinct. However, conservation efforts conducted by...

Newfoundland Sheep
2014-10-23 13:48:34

The Newfoundland sheep, also known as the Newfoundland local, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to and named after Newfoundland. The breed developed after the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when sheep were introduced into the islands of the area. The North Country Cheviot and the Border Cheviot are known to be two of the breeds that helped develop the breed and it is thought the...

Navajo-Churro
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...

Merino
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...

Lacaune
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...

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