Corriedale sheep raised for meat and wool, a dual-purpose breed. One of the oldest breeds of New Zealand and Australia. They produce premium lambs when mated with sires of meat bread. Polwarth and Corriedale from the main sheep breeds on the Falkland Islands.
Corriedale sheep breed information
They are large built sheep.
Corriedale face lacks wool.
Both sexes are polled or without horns.
Produce a high yielding wool of 28-micron diameter at a staple length of 3.5 to 6 inches. Approximately 4.5 to 7.5 kg of wool per sheep.
The wool of Corriedale is preferred by many hand spinners, mainly because its a unique combination of desirable qualities as the wool is soft.
50 to 60% of fleece is yield.
Mature Corriedale ram weighs around 100 kg (220 lb) and ewes around 80 kg (180 lb).
The ewes are excellent mothers, ewes mature earlier so early breeding happens.
Lambing percentage is around 110%.
Corriedales are an exceptionally hardy and long-lived breed.
Feed efficiency is one reason for their popularity, they gain weight on far less food than other breeds.
Things to know
The breed was developed by crossing Merino and Lincoln breeds.
This happened around the same time in Australia and New Zealand.
In 1914 first introduced Corriedale to the United States of America.
In Uruguay, the Corriedales are the most popular sheep breeds.
Rams are used for crossing with Romney or Perendale flocks to increase their body size, and to improve the fineness, weight, handling, and color of their wool.
They produce premium lambs when mated with sires of meat bread.
4 percent of the total Australian flock is Corriedales.
Brief characteristics of Corriedale sheep
|Breed Name||Corriedale sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||New Zealand and Australia|
|Breed Purpose||Meat and wool|
|100 kg (220 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||80 kg (180 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|