Rouge de l’Ouest sheep were primarily raised for dairy but now used in meat production. The breed is from France. The famous Camembert cheese is made from Rouge de l’Ouest milk.
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Rouge de l’Ouest sheep breed information
The Rouge de l’Ouest sheep is medium-sized sheep with medium length wool.
Rouge de l’Ouest sheep has a pink face and legs.
Both the sexes are polled and well-muscled.
The fleece weight of Rouge de l’Ouest is around 1.5 to 2 kg with a staple length of 4 to 5 cm and spinning count of 58’s to ’60s
Rouge de l’Ouest rams are used as sires for market lambs.
Rouge de l’Ouest originally raised for dairy but now they are primarily used for meat.
Things to know
The name Rouge de l’Ouest translates to the “red of the west” in French.
Rouge de l’Ouest was developed by crossing local landrace sheep with Wensleydales and Bluefaced Leicesters in the Maine et Loire department of France.
The Rouge de l’Ouest is quite different from Blue du Maine, yet they relate to this breed.
In 1968 the French registry was established and 1986 the U.K registry was established
Characteristics of Rouge de l’Ouest sheep
|Breed Name||Rouge de l’Ouest sheep|
|Other Name||Tête rouge du Maine|
|Country/Place of Origin||France|
|Breed Purpose||meat and wool|
|80 kg (175 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||65 kg (145 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|