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CHARACERISTICS. OF THE BREEDS OF SHEEP This presentation is from Virginia Tech and has not been edited by the Georgia Curriculum Office. Breeds Of Sheep. Dorset Border Leicester Cheviot Columbia Coopworth Corriedale

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CHARACERISTICS

OF THE BREEDS

OF SHEEP

This presentation is from Virginia Tech and has not been edited by the Georgia Curriculum Office.


Breeds Of Sheep

Dorset Border Leicester

Cheviot Columbia

Coopworth Corriedale

Finnsheep Hampshire

Polypay Rambouillet

Romanov Southdown

Suffolk Targhee

Texel


Dorset

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Moderate

  • Mature Size – Medium (120-140 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate - Moderate

  • Prolificacy – High Medium (2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 5-8 lbs.


Border Leicester

  • Wool Type - Long

  • Hardiness – Low Moderate

  • Mature Size – Medium to Large (130-150 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate – High Moderate

  • Prolificacy – Medium (<2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 8-12 lbs.


Cheviot

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness – High Moderate

  • Mature Size – Small (about 100 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate - Low

  • Prolificacy - Moderate (<2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 5-8 lbs.


Columbia

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness – High Moderate

  • Mature Size – Large (150-175 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate - High

  • Prolificacy – Low Moderate (1.5 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 9-14 lbs


Coopworth

  • Wool Type - Long

  • Hardiness – High Moderate

  • Mature Size – Medium (120-140 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate - Moderate

  • Prolificacy – High Moderate (2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 8-12 lbs.


Corriedale

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Moderate

  • Mature Size – Medium (120-140 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate - Moderate

  • Prolificacy – Moderate (<2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 9-14 lbs.


Finnsheep

  • Wool Type – Medium to Long

  • Hardiness - Low

  • Mature Size – Small (about 100 lbs.)

  • Growth Rate - Low

  • Prolificacy – High (4 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 4-8 lbs.


Hampshire

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Low Moderate

  • Mature Size – Large (150-175 lbs)

  • Growth Rate - High

  • Prolificacy – Moderate (<2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 5-8 lbs.


Polypay

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Moderate

  • Mature Size – Medium (120-140 lbs)

  • Growth Rate - Moderate

  • Prolificacy – Moderately high (3 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 6-10 lbs.


Rambouillet

  • Wool Type - Fine

  • Hardiness - High

  • Mature Size – Moderately Large (130-150 lbs)

  • Growth Rate – Moderately High

  • Prolificacy – Low Moderate (1.5 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 9-14 lbs.


Romanov

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Very Low

  • Mature Size – Small (100 lbs)

  • Growth Rate - Low

  • Prolificacy – High (4 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 3-5 lbs.


Southdown

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Low Moderate

  • Mature Size – Small (100 lbs)

  • Growth Rate - Low

  • Prolificacy – Low Moderate (1.5 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 5-8 lbs.


Suffolk

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Low

  • Mature Size – Very Large (175-200 lbs)

  • Growth Rate – Very High

  • Prolificacy – High Moderate (2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 4-8 lbs.


Targhee

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - High Moderate

  • Mature Size – Large (150-175 lbs)

  • Growth Rate – High Moderate

  • Prolificacy – Moderate (<2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 9-14 lbs.


Texel

  • Wool Type - Medium

  • Hardiness - Moderate

  • Mature Size – Medium (120-140 lbs)

  • Growth Rate - Moderate

  • Prolificacy – Moderate (<2 avg.)

  • Ewe Grease Fleece Weight – 4-8 lbs.


Why do we want to cross two breeds?


Crossing?

  • The biggest reason is gain the benefits of both breeds that are involved.

  • 50 % of the traits come from one breed

  • 50 % comes from the other breed


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