Estonian Ruhnu Sheep characteristics

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Estonian Ruhnu sheep primarily raised for wool. The breed is mainly found in Kihnu, Ruhnu islands of Estonia.

Estonian Ruhnu sheep breed information

The wool is white or cream in color, with a grey head and legs.

The sheep have short or medium length tails. Some of the Estonian Ruhnu sheep have beads under the jaw.

The rams are horned (10 % of them) and ewes are polled.

The mature weight of Estonian Ruhnuram is 80 kg(180 lb) and ewe weight is 50 kg(110 lb).

The Estonian Ruhnu sheep have both white and colored fleeces

The wool is used for making hand knitting yarn and clothes.

Estonian Ruhnu small, resilient, and well adapted to their local environment.

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Things to know

Estonian Ruhnu sheep believed to be developed from the leftover sheep by Swedish inhabitants who settled on the island in the 14th century.

The breed is now only found on several small islands (Kihnu, Ruhnu) in the Baltic sea.

Their total population was documented as 300 in 1944. Currently, their total population is around 30 animals. 

Estonian Ruhnu sheep have gained endangered or heritage status.

Brief characteristics of Estonian Ruhnu sheep

Breed NameEstonian Ruhnu sheep
Other Name Eesti Maalammas
Country/Place of OriginEstonian
Breed Purposewool
Breed Sizemedium
Weight
Ram(Male)
80 kg(180 lb)
Ewe(Female)50 kg(110 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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