The White Horned Heath sheep is a breed that originated in the early 1900’s. Its name is attributed to the place of its origin, to the color of its coat, and to the horns that it possesses.
Formerly this race existed with the black horns, however today the horns are clearer, and the dark horns came to their extinction.
The White Horned Heath was developed from the gray breed horned heath. This breed is usually obtained in the Heath area, north of Germany.
Characteristics of White Horned Heath Sheep:
The White Horned Heath sheep is a large medium breed. The male weight between 65 to 75kg and reach between 55 to 60cm in height. While female weight between 45 to 50kg and they reach 50cm in height.
The male and female come to have horns, which come out above the ears, grow in a spiral form and become large. Although members of this breed have been observed without horns.
On the other hand, the ears are small and these grow horizontally without inclination.
The color of its coat is white, all around its body. The only places where it does not develop with intensity is on the face and on the legs. The females of this species can produce between 1.8 and 2 kg of wool in the year, while the males can produce 3.5 kg. When the spring is over, it is time to shear these species. Its wool is a combination, between fine wool and coarse wool, which grows to 5 to 10cm.
It is a resistant breed, so it adapts easily to changes in climate and the different flora and fauna around it.
The White Horned Heath sheep are kept throughout the year being grazed. So your diet is based on herbs, leaves, grass, and certain grasses.
The White Horned Heath sheep is a dual purpose breed. Farmers raise them by producing their meat which is of excellent quality, and the taste resembles deer meat. They even use it for gourmet dishes and it is considered a delicacy.
In the same way, this breed is produced by the production of its wool.
The White Horned Heath sheep is a very active breed, so be alert when predators are stalking you. The females of this breed are considered as good mothers.
Lambs of this breed grow slowly and are kept fed from the mother for at least 3 months and a half.
|Sheep name||The White Horned Heath Sheep|
|Sheep Purpose||Meat, and wool|
|Weight||45 to 75 Kg|
|Climate Tolerance||All climates|
|Country of Origin||Germany|