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Santa Cruz Sheep
2014-11-07 09:29:24

The Santa Cruz sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that once existed in a feral population on the island of Santa Cruz. It is thought that this population came from flocks of Churro, Merino, or Rambouillet sheep that were brought to the island during the mid-nineteenth century. By the 1860’s these sheep had grown to hold a population in the thousands and were permitted to graze freely....

Romney Sheep
2014-11-03 12:24:43

The Romney sheep, also known as the Romney marsh sheep or the Kent, is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in England and was recognized as an official breed by 1800. The breed at this time was an improved breed that had been developed from medieval longwool breeds and crossbred with Bakewell’s English Leicester. This breed was first exported in 1853, when twenty individuals were sent...

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...

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...

Karakul
2014-10-14 10:22:10

The Karakul, also known as the Qaraqul, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in Central Asia and is thought to have been raised in that area since 1400 BC. Because it has been raised in the desert regions of Central Asia, it is extremely hardy and can survive in arid conditions with little water by storing fat in its tail. This breed is raised in the deserts of Namibia and was...

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...

Herdwick
2014-10-10 08:58:14

The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to North West England and was named from the Old Norse term herdvyck, which means sheep pasture. Its origin is unknown, but it is thought that the ancestors of this breed were brought to the area by Norse settlers between the tenth and eleventh centuries. Another theory suggests that its ancestors were introduced to the area after a...

Corriedale Sheep
2014-09-25 08:25:59

The Corriedale sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in New Zealand and Australia between 1868 and 1910 by crossbreeding the Merino sheep and Lincoln sheep. The original developer of the breed, James Little, wanted to create a sheep that could survive in areas with low rainfall and still produce long staple wool. It was named after the area on South Island in which Little...

Arapawa Sheep
2014-09-16 10:49:57

The Arapawa sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that is typically only found on Arapawa Island in New Zealand. It is thought that this breed has been isolated on the island since 1867 and although there are many theories regarding its origin, it is most widely accepted that it is a descendant Merino strains from Australia. Because the Arapawa sheep has lived in an area with harsh terrain for...

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