Aussiedown Sheep is an Australian breed that is used as prime lamb sires. A very new breed that was developed in the 1900s using two of the best breeds – English’s Southdown and Netherland’s Texel resulted in Aussiedown. The breed standard should be 75% of Southdown and Texel ancestry.
The only purpose of breeding Aussiedown is to produce one of the finest lambs, so the rams should be of good size, well-muscled, good character, and conformation. The ewes are used for meat purposes, as they are well built.
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Aussiedown Sheep Characteristics
Aussiedowns are white in color and a large breed.
The wool is white in color which is not present on the face. The wool fiber diameter is about 28 to 33 microns, with a length of 60 to 90 mm.
Fleece weight is about 3 kg (6.6 lb) to 5(11 lb) kg per sheering.
The Aussiedown rams weigh around 140 kg(308 lb) and ewes weigh around 87 kg (190 lb)
Lambing percentage is high in Aussiedowns.
Easy to care breed, as they are a hardy breed, which is well adapted to the local climatic conditions.
The breed’s main characteristics are alert, free-moving, well-muscled and a good size.
Both rams and ewes are polled(no horns)
Things to know
Aussiedown Sheep are used as prime lamb sires, by crossing over purebred or crossbred ewes.
The breed is mostly found in the southeast areas of Australia – New South Wales and Victoria.
Very good meat production breed.
Brief characteristics of Aussiedown Sheep
|Breed Name||Aussiedown Sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||Australia|
|140 kg (308 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||87 kg (190 lb)|
|Kidding||single or twins|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||Native Climates|