Sheep Breeds

Wiltshire Horn Sheep

Wiltshire Horn Sheep

The Wiltshire Horn sheep breed developed in the south of England, where its history dates back over numerous centuries. They are sometimes incorrectly described as hair sheep, but they are in fact wool sheep, and the breed has the capability of shedding (often they do so annually, in the spring). The Wiltshire Horn breed is …

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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

The Barbados Blackbelly sheep breed is native to Barbados, one of the Caribbean Islands. The breed is a direct descendant of West African sheep introduced to the island during the age of the African slave trade.

Booroola Merino Sheep

Booroola Merino Sheep

The Booroola Merino originated in Australia by using the pre-existing Merino Flock of commercial sheep, which were intended for reproduction. This distinguished breed is a unique strain of Merinos known for typically producing multiple births.

Romanov Sheep

Romanov Sheep

The Romanov sheep breed is originally from the valley of Volga in Moscow’s northeastern region. The name Romanov is derived from the former Russian royal family’s name and the breed dates back to the 18th century, after which they were brought to France and Germany.

Blueface Leicester Sheep

Blueface Leicester Sheep

The Blueface Leicester sheep breed is a combination of the United Kingdom’s Longwool and the Border Leicester. In the 1700’s, Robert Bakewell decided it would be ideal to create this breed in order to supply the appropriate sheep breeds to breeders of Northern England.

Debouillet Sheep

Debouillet Sheep

The Debouillet sheep breed originated in 1920 in Tatum, New Mexico. This sheep breed is the product of crossbreeding the Rambouillet and the Delaine Merino breeds. Debouillet sheep are average sized and they typically have wooly legs and white faces.  

Rambouillet Sheep

Rambouillet Sheep

The Rambouillet sheep breed is a noble-looking breed which originally comes from France – the product of breeding local stock with Germany’s Spanish Merino. Rambouillet sheep are the most common breed and perhaps the first of the U.S western area sheep flocks. Many consider this breed the foundation of the US sheep industry.  

Texel Sheep

Texel Sheep

The Texel sheep breed originated in the Netherlands more than 150 years ago on the Isle of Texel. The breed was introduced to sheep producers in the United States in 1990 where they experienced a surge in popularity.

Cormo Sheep

American Cormo Sheep

The American Cormo sheep breed originally comes from Tasmania in Australia. They are a mix of Superfine Saxon Merino, Lincoln, and Australian Merino. In 1976, the American Cormo was first imported to the United States.