Sheep Farming

Sheep farming has been happening since the Middle Ages, but people have been raising them for thousands of years before that time. There are many different breeds of sheep, and they can be found around the world from Africa to North America, Australia to Europe.

Rambouillet Sheep: World’s Most Prolific Sheep

The Rambouillet sheep originates from the Merino. Evidence indicates that the Merino originated in Asia Minor in the 8th century BC, then appeared in North Africa, arriving in southern Spain led by the Phoenicians. It was from Spain, precisely that merino took great importance and also in worldwide distribution. This Rambouillet breed is in the field as Merino Rambouillet. In the 18th century, the Spanish Merino was introduced to France …

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Icelandic Sheep: The Nordic Breed Icelandic

Icelandic sheep is an animal with a thousand years of history. It has remained until our days since the first settlers of the island introduced it in their boats coming from Norway. It is known that they were the first, first settlers who brought the sheep to Iceland. And it is known because, without this animal, survival would have been completely impossible. Towards the end of the ninth century, therefore, …

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Merino Sheep: A Unique Breed of Sheep

Merino sheep are an autochthonous breed but their rusticity has allowed them to be found on five continents reaching one of the most important ovine censuses in the world. The breed was born in the region of Andalusia, in the south of Spain, but its roots are located in North Africa or even the Near East. The history of the Merino has a union to the history and economy of …

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Jacob Sheep: Four Horned Piebald Sheep

Historians suggest that the origin of the Jacob sheep breed is from the Nordic countries. Subsequently, this breed was export to Great Britain. At first, this race had the name of Spanish sheep, although it had no relation with Spain. While some historians say that there were similar sheep in China and Persia about 2000 years BC. Another historical piece where this breed was found was in England paintings from …

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Valais Blacknose Sheep: A Dual-Purpose Breed

The Valais Blacknose sheep is an animal only found in Switzerland, in the Valis regions on the German border. From there comes its name, the place from where this species originates, and the color of its face. This breed already existed for the 15th century, but was not recognized until the late ’60s. By the beginning of 1980, there were about 9000 individuals of this species. And by 2013 there …

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Katahdin Sheep: Breeding Stock and Livestock

The development of this Katahdin Sheep began at the end of 1950. The United States imported sheep from the British Virgin Islands, which I cross with several species of wool. Especially Suffolk, looking for fur. The prolificacy and robustness of the Caribbean sheep with the speed of growth of wool. After 20 years of selection and crosses originated the species called Katahdin. Its name is due to the mount of …

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