Basic Sheep Biology

D b r e e ds o f s h e e p s h e e p b r e e ds w e b

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Unformatted text preview: ess begins a new in August. D . B r e e ds o f S h e e p ( S h e e p B r e e ds W e b s i t e ) a ) F ine Wool: Ra mbouillet a nd Mer ino, high qua lity fleec e with a poor qua lity c a r c a ss, ha r dy in poor envir onments, low twinning r a te, str ong floc king instinc t b) Long Wool: Romney a nd Linc oln, poor qua lity fleec e whic h c a n only be used for c a r pets, etc , but they ha ve a high qua lity c a r c a ss c ) Medium Wool: tr ies to c ombine the high qua lity fleec e of fine wool with the high qua lity c a r c a ss of the long wool. These a r e br eeds like the Suffolk, Dor set, Ha mpshir e, Shr opshir e. Medium br eeds ma ke gr ea t sheep for fa r m floc ks a nd systems of intense ma na gement. d) Dua l Pur pose: Columbia a nd Ta r ghee - US c r ea ted br eeds used extensively in the wester n US (often c a lled gener ic a lly ‘ Wester n white- fa c ed’ ) e) Pr olific sheep: These a r e br eeds tha t na tur a lly ha ve high bir th r a tes - F innish La ndr a c e a nd Roma novs f) Ha ir : These a r e sheep fr om tr opic a l envir onments a nd ha ve ha ir instea d of wool - St Cr oix a nd B a r ba dos g) Milk: These a r e br eeds of sheep used to pr oduc e milk for the pr oduc tion of c heese a nd other da ir y pr oduc ts - Ilde- F r a nc e, Awa ssi, Ea st F r iesia n B r e e d i n g O b j e c t i v e s : Depending upon the envir onment the sheep a r e to be r a ised in, br eeder s of sheep a r e inter ested in selec ting a nima ls for high twinning r a te, fa st gr owth r a te or good ‘ mother ing a bility’ (ewes tha t ha ve high milk pr od...
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