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Meat Sheep Breeds
While each of the meat sheep breeds listed below produces some wool, these breeds are primarily valued and raised for their meat production. These breeds of meat sheep are selected and bred for their ability to gain weight rapidly and produce a lean, muscular high-yield carcass. Many of these breeds are an excellent choice for a 4-H project because they trim up beautifully for the show ring and if you have a small flock these breeds offer you flexibility - some of the lambs can be used for breeding and show stock while others make terrific market or club lamb projects.
In the show ring an emphasis is placed on size, muscle tone, conformation and adherence to the breed characteristic defined by that particular meat sheep breeder's organization.
Information about Popular Breeds of Meat Sheep
Click on any of the pictures below to learn information, a short history and fun facts about these popular meat sheep breeds (mouse over the pictures for the name of each breed):
Meat Sheep Breed Directory