Finnsheep primarily raised for meat, wool, and breeding. The breed is from Finland which is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds.
Finnsheep breed information
Finnsheep ram lamb matures early, as early as 4 months of age but bred to lamb by 12 months of age.
The mature Finnsheep ram weighs 100 kg(220 lb) and ewe weighs 80 kg(180 lb).
Meat is lean and tasty. Lambs are available all year round.
The birth weight of Finnsheep is around 3.5 kg (8 lb).
During their first lambing, the average is 1.9 but later lambing percentage will increase to 2.8 lambs. The breed is notable for multiple births.
Finnsheep is excellent mother with plentiful milk for the large litter size.
The Finnsheep breed out of season and lamb twice a year.
Finnsheep has strong flock instincts.
Finnsheep wool is pure white but sometimes solid black and black/white spotted. The fleece weight is around 2.5 kg with a staple length of 3 to 6 inches(7.5-15 cm) and a spinning count of 24 to 31 microns.
Finnsheep exhibit greater foraging ability and friendly disposition.
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The Finnsheep is one of the oldest breeds, brought to Europe during the Bronze Age (2,500 to 3,700 years ago).
The Finnsheep is famous for its fast growth rate and increasing muscle size.
The other Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds are Shetland, Icelandic, Romanov, Spaelsau, and Finnsheep.
According to afs.okstate.edu – ” The breed is considered to be several hundred years old, descending from the mouflon that lives in the wild on Sardinia and Corsica. They are also said to be related to other Scandinavian short-tailed sheep.”
World’s most productive and profitable sheep where it has 265 percent of fertility.
Brief characteristics of Finnsheep
|Other Name||Finnish Landrace|
|Country/Place of Origin||Finland|
|Breed Purpose||meat, wool, breeding|
|100 kg(220 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||80 kg(180 lb)|
|Kidding||single or twins or triplets|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|