Île-de-France sheep primarily raised for meat. The breed is originated in the French region of Île-de-France near Paris. Île-de-France sheep also called Dishley Merino. The breed is considered as one of the top meat breeds worldwide.
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Île-de-France sheep breed information
The Île-de-France sheep are large-sized naturally polled with white fleece.
The mature Île-de-France ram weighs 110 kg (240 lb) and ewe weighs 90 kg (200 lb).
The lamb birth weight is 3 to 5 kg. The lamb is ready for the market at the age of 100 days with a weight of 35 to 40 kg.
The wool is white and free from kemp. The fleece weight is 3 to 4.5 kg with a fiber diameter of 23 to 27 microns and a staple length of 80 to 90 mm.
The meat of Île-de-France sheep quality is superior with no excess fat and a lot of muscles. The dressing percentage of up to 53 percent.
The ewes breed out-of-season and lamb for every 7 to 8 months.
The lambing percentage is around 150 to 170 percent.
The Île-de-France sheep can live up to 9 to 10 years.
The Île-de-France breed is renowned for its excellent performance under semi-intensive, intensive and extensive conditions.
The Ile de France cross-bred females are high in demand due to their fertility, good milk production, and outstanding mothering ability.
Île-de-France sheep have a relaxed temperament and docile.
Things to know
The breed is crosses of Rambouillet and Dishley Leicester. Also, know as Dishley Merino.
The Île-de-France sheep is considered as one of the top meat breeds worldwide like Australia, the Americas, and South Africa.
Brief characteristics of Île-de-France sheep
|Breed Name||Île-de-France sheep|
|Other Name||Dishley Merino|
|Country/Place of Origin||France|
|110 kg (240 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||90 kg (200 lb)|
|Kidding||single or twins or triplets|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||all conditions|