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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.’


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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