MERINO SHEEP

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MERINO SHEEP

Merino

Ewe (Female sheep)

Ram (Male sheep)

Lamb (Baby sheep)

"The Merino is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. Merinos are regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep."- wikipedia.org

The Marino is very adaptable and hardy. They are predominantly bread for their wool and carcase. Merino wool is finely crimped and soft.

ORIGINIn the 13th and 14th centuries, Spanish breeders introduced English breeds which they bred with local breeds to develop the merino.

Bred almost exclusively for their wool, marino are considered to have the finest in the world. It is so desirable that it is actually the wool that all other wool is compared to.

Originated in Spain and North Africa, but are now being bred all over the world, including in Australia, Germany, and New England.

Weight varies, but males can weigh up to 130lbs. Rams should shear 25 pounds or more of wool and ewes from 12 to 20 pounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merinohttp://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/sheep/delainemerino/http://www.helium.com/items/1552111-sheep-breed-facts-merinohttp://animaladay.blogspot.com/2012/03/merino-sheep.html

The color may very from white to straw although, straw is preferred as it is found more often in the best specimens.

By: Savannah Forbeck


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