American Columbia sheep

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Columbia sheep is a dual-purpose breed, which is raised for meat and wool. The breed is developed in the United States. The object of the cross between Lincoln rams with Rambouillet ewes was to create a breed that produced more pounds of wool and lamb.

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Columbia sheep breed information

The breed is largely built with white and dense wool.

The mature Columbian ram weighs around 125 to 180 kg (275 to 400 lb) and ewes around 80 to 135 kg (175 to 300 lb)

Fleece weighs around 4.5 to 7 kg with a staple length of 9cm to 12 cm and the spin count of the 50s to 60s.

The wool varies from 31.0 to 24.0 microns.

Also famous for fast-growing lambs.

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The Lincoln rams were crossed with Rambouillet ewes in 1912, to produce Columbia breed. The breed is more refined during 1918 at  U.S. Sheep Experiment Station near Dubois, Idaho.

Very well adapted to range conditions and also lush grasses.

Brief characteristics of Columbia

Breed NameColumbia
Other NameButchi
Country/Place of OriginPakistan
Breed Purposewool, and meat
Breed Sizemedium
Weight
Ram(Male)
125 to 180 kg (275 to 400 lb)
Ewe(Female)80 to 135 kg (175 to 300 lb)
Kiddingone
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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