Sheep are versatile animals that can be used in many capacities. They can be the primary source of farm income, help diversify an agricultural operation, or simply provide additional income for those who only have a few acres. There are over 200 breeds of sheep worldwide, but only a certain few are acclimated to thrive in arid climates. Therefore, breed selection should be a critical part of planning and managing a sheep flock in the arid Southwest. The other aspect to consider when selecting a breed is production goals. Sheep can serve to produce exclusively wool or meat, or a combination of the two. The purpose of this publication is to provide information on breeds of sheep that can be used successfully in the Southwest
The history of the Rambouillet sheep is a fascinating one that began more than two centuries ago. The Rambouillet breed originated with Spain’s famed Merino flocks, which were known from the earliest times as producers of the world’s finest wool The Spanish government was so protective of their Merino flocks that any exportation was forbidden This policy changed in 1786, however, when the King of Spain granted a request from the government of France and sent 359 carefully selected rams and ewes to help improve the native French stock. The sheep were sent to the Rambouillet farm near Paris where, according to government records, they have been bred since 1801
The Rambouillet Sheep is the French version of the Merino. Our offered Rambouillet Sheep is provided with many features such as average weight of ram 125 kg,ewes 90kg,males are horned with curling horns,dual purpose, good quality wool, yields of fleece 4 to 5 kg a year, mutton of good quality, fiber dia 17 to 24. This sheep possess a relatively larger body size and they produce 5-10 kg of good quality wool per annum and also this produce good quality meat in higher proportion.
A derivative of the Merino breed, the Rambouillet is one of the most commonly raised sheep in the Western United States. They have fewer skin folds, which reduces skin and external parasite problems. Rambouillets also have excellent wool quality. These sheep are very agile and have ideal flocking behavior, allowing for better management in rugged mountain terrain. They are gregarious (tend to flock), which can also help with managing predation issues. You will find Rambouillet genetics in many composite breeds in the industry today.
The Rambouillet is the largest of fine wool sheep. The breed has a white face and white legs. The face covering of wool is rather heavy, even to the extent of causing wool blindness in some specimens, but selective mating has alleviated this problem. Fleeces of Rambouillet sheep are relatively heavy. The lambs grow rapidly under good feeding conditions to produce satisfactory market weights at from six to nine months of age. Rambouillet ewes are crossbred extensively with medium-wool and long-coarse-wool rams to produce choice market lambs and rugged breeding ewes with heavy, attractive medium wool.
Rambouillet Sheep specifications
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