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Breeds of Sheep. Medium Wool Type, cont. A quick review. As you will recall, yesterday we took a look at 6 breeds of Medium Wool Sheep, what were they? Cheviot, Dorset, Finnsheep, Hampshire, Montadale, and the Oxford breed.

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breeds of sheep

Breeds of Sheep

Medium Wool Type, cont.

a quick review
A quick review
  • As you will recall, yesterday we took a look at 6 breeds of Medium Wool Sheep, what were they?
    • Cheviot, Dorset, Finnsheep, Hampshire, Montadale, and the Oxford breed.
  • Can you recall any of the specific characteristics of these sheep breeds?
  • A little farther back, what were some of the ways that sheep are classified?
so for today
So, for today…
  • We will be taking a look at more breeds of Medium Wool type sheep.
  • We will identify important characteristics about them.
  • Some breeds, we will look more in depth at, than the others.
  • At the end, we will have a small identification quiz.
shropshire
Shropshire
  • Originated in England.
  • Imported to the United States (Virginia) in 1855.
  • Characteristics:
    • The face, ears, and legs, range in color from dark brown to soft black.
  • Dual Purpose breed, good carcass weight, and a desirable wool weight.
southdown
Southdown
  • Originated in Sussex County, England.
  • Imported into the US in 1803.
  • Considered small to medium in size, out of the Medium wool type sheep.
characteristics of southdown
Characteristics of Southdown
  • Color Chracteristics of Southdowns include:
    • Face, legs, and ears area mouse brown (light brown) color.
    • Wool covers the face and legs
  • Both sexes are polled, although rams have scurs.
  • Mature Southdowns are medium on size.
  • They have short legs, wide chests, straight tops, deep twists, and bulging rear quarters.
  • Great carcass quality and body confirmation. Grow quickly, as do they reach market quickly. (6-12 weeks old) Also called a ‘Hothouse Lamb.’
suffolk
Suffolk
  • Originated in England.
  • Introduced to the United States in 1888.
  • Black hairs, as you can see, are present in the wool in as well, making the wool undesirable.
characteristics of the suffolk
Characteristics of the Suffolk
  • The color characteristics of the Suffolk sheep include:
    • Black face, legs, and ears.
      • The face, legs, and ears, are free from wool; making the Suffolk easy to identify.
  • Both sexes are polled.
  • The Suffolk is a large breed sheep.
  • Ewes are prolific, and usually have a 150% or better lamb crop.
tunis
Tunis
  • Originated in Northern Africa (Tunisia).
  • The US imported the Tunis breed in 1799.
  • Characteristics:
    • Tan or Red colored face.
    • Long drooping ears and head is free from wool.
    • Mate during almost any season.
    • One of the oldest, and smallest breeds.
so many why
So Many, Why?
  • What are the important traits of all Medium wool type sheep?
    • Is this the only defining characteristic of them all?
  • Can you identify some breeds, including yesterdays’?
  • What is the most interesting thing that you learned today, about Medium wool sheep?
describe me
Describe me.
  • Tunis
  • Southdown
  • Suffolk
review
Review
  • Today we have learned the remaining breeds of Medium wool sheep.
  • We have discussed characteristics that make you better able to describe them, as well as interesting characteristics about them.
  • Tomorrow we will conclude our discussion on breeds of sheep, with the Crossbred wool type, the hair type, and a few others
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