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Sheep Breeds

 

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Selecting the right breed of sheep for your new operation is an important part of the future success of any sheep unit. The breeds of sheep fall into a number of different categories. When wool was a valuable commodity, the wool breeds such as Columbia, Rambouillet, Lincoln, Romney, etc., (commonly known as wool breeds) these were more commonly raised than they are today. For the most part, unless one has particular specialty market for the wool, one would be better to select a breed more suitable to meat production. These breeds can be sorted into different categories as well. The Lowland breeds, such as Suffolk, Dorset, Hampshire, Clun Forest, and Southdown, are readily suitable for a more intensive sheep management program. If areas of rougher terrain and a more extensive management program is to be followed then you could consider the Upland breeds such as the Cheviot and Scottish Blackface. These would be more suitable.

When considering your own particular needs, it is important to look at the practices in your area and to discuss your plans with your Government Sheep Representative. In my opinion, the most important decision in selecting your future breed of choice, one must be realistic as to the production management that suits your situation. In other words, it really is best to select a breed that is easily managed.

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