Basco-béarnaise – The milk sheep

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Basco-béarnaise sheep are raised for milk purposes only. The breed is from the Basque country. The breed was developed by crossing Bearnaise sheep with basque during the early 1960s.

Basco-béarnaise sheep breed information

The breed is medium size and white in color.

The horns are spiral which falls around the ear. The reddish-yellow color can be seen on hooves and head.

The wool is long and white which will be hanging down.

Rams are horned while ewes are either polled or horned. Both are of the same color.

The weight of mature rams is around 80 kg (180 lb) and ewes around 55 kg(121 lb).

The height of ram is around 35 in(90cm) at the withers and ewes grow to 30in(75 cm) at the withers.

The prime purpose of this breed is milk. They produce around 120 liters per lactation period.

The lactation period is around 130 days, producing rich milk with high proteins( 5.39 percent protein).

The lambing season is in spring and an abundance of milk is produced in the month of summer.

They feed much on Pyrénéan flora.

The lambs have a strange “Roman” face and a good appetite for milk.

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Things to know

Basco-béarnaise derives from the sheep breed family of Pyrénées , that has falling wool. They are developed in the béarnaise part of the Pyrénées mountains. Since then they are present on the plains of Girondine to the mountains of Pyrénées pastures.

Brief characteristics of  Basco-béarnaise Sheep

Breed Name Basco-béarnaise sheep
Other NameVasca Carranzana
Country/Place of OriginBasque country
Breed Purposemilk
Breed SizeMedium
Weight
Ram(Male)    
80 kg (180 lbs)
Ewe(Female)55 kg (121 lbs)
Kiddingone
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal climate

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