The famous meat breed of Portugal is Algarve Churro sheep. The breed is mostly found in Faro in Portugal. Although the breed does grow white wool, it is primarily raised for its meat.
The breed is originated from Andalusian Churro and later imported in the late 19th century. The breed is considered rare, as the population is declining.
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Algarve Churro Characteristics
Algarve Churro is completely white with black spots on the feet and head. Almost 10 % of this population is completely black.
The mature Ram weighs around 75 kg (170 lb) while the ewe weighs around 55 kg (120 lb).
On average, this sheep can produce meat of around 50 to 55 kg.
Ram height is around 95 cm (37in) at the withers and Ewes grow around 85 cm (33 in) at withers.
Both Ram and Ewe are horned.
Wool is white in color, but sometimes it’s black in color. The fine quality of wool is produced.
Around 1.2 kg of wool can be expected from each sheep per sheering.
The breed is docile and easily tamable.
Things to know
The population is declining at a faster pace. In 1996, they were around 23000 and now in 2004 its 1300.
Brief characteristics of Algarve Churro Sheep
|Breed Name||Algarve Churro Sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||Portugal|
|Breed Purpose||Meat and wool|
|75 kg (170 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||55 kg (120 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||Native Climates|
Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.