Merinolandschaf Sheep primarily raised for meat and wool. The breed is originated from Germany. 30 percent of the sheep population in Germany is Merinolandschaf Sheep.
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Merinolandschaf Sheep breed information
Merinolandschaf Sheep is a large-sized breed with white wool and legs are free from wool.
A straight head with a small woolly tuft on top but no horns in both the sexes.
Their ears are large that stick out to the side.
The adult Merinolandschaf ram weighs 140 kg (310 lb) and ewe weighs 80 kg (180 lb).
The fleece weight is 4 to 5 kg with wool of 22 to 27 microns.
Litter size is one.
A very hardy breed can walk for long distances for foraging.
The breed is used for landscape preservation, protecting the highlands.
Also, their foraging on harvested fields is excellent and their dung enriches the ground.
Things to know
Merinolandschaf Sheep a descent of Merino sheep. A cross of South German Landsheep and Merinos.
Initially, in 1539 the dual-coated Zaupelschaf was the start of the breed but their wool quality was inferior. So Marschschaf was crossed, to produce large breed and wool of 35 microns. In order to improve the wool quality, the Merinowoolsheep from Spain and France were used.
The term landrace was dropped in 1934, and since 1950, it is registered as Merinolandschaf sheep.
Merinolandschaf Sheep no way a landrace, but a highly adaptable breed.
Around 16k sheep are reported in 2011.
Brief characteristics of Merinolandschaf Sheep
|Breed Name||Merinolandschaf Sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||Germany|
|Breed Purposeamerica||meat and wool|
|140 kg (310 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||80 kg (180 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|