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Facts on Corriedale Sheep

Corriedale Facts

   – Corriedale sheep were developed in both Australia and New Zealand by crossing both a pure Merino and Lincoln    sheep.

     -The breed was developed for a dual purpose animal with good meat characteristics and commercial wool production.

     – Corriedales are large framed, plain bodied, polled sheep, different in colour and produce lambs with a heavy carcase.

    -Corriedales are suited to a wide variety of climates and farmed anywhere throughout Australia and New Zealand.

    – Corriedales produce heavy bright fleeces, with good style, length and handle. Fibre diameter ranges from 25 to 30 microns in adult sheep to the low 20’s in lambs and hoggets.

     – Coloured and white fleeces are highly sought after by spinners.

    – Corriedale ewes are excellent mothers. Twin lambs are common among Corriedales resulting in high lambing percentages.

     -Ewes are prime lamb mothers and are great for a self-replacing flock. Corriedale lambs are leaner than those sired by terminal breeds.

     -Corriedales have abilities to raise productive, healthy lambs in purebred and crossbred flocks.

     -Corriedales are farmed in Australia because they give so many options in marketing. Being a dual purpose breed they can meet demands of both meat and wool markets, namely prime lamb production, wether markets, wool production, crossbred mothers and stud ram sales.

     -Corriedales are well known for their ability to produce high quality meat, especially for the prime lamb trade in both the domestic and export markets.

      -Corriedales are docile, easy care animals and have a long life span.. They adapt to a wide range of climatic conditions, sometimes at very high altitudes, and are known to do well in poor seasons.

       -Corriedale Body Structure should be:

           ●Head: Hornless, broad, strong and well-woolled. The jaw and bit should be broad, teeth well formed. Nostrils  preferably dark. Ears thick and soft.

●Neck: Broad and strong.

●  Brisket: Carried well forward and wide.

●Back: Long, level and broad.

●Ribs: Well sprung and deep.

● Hindquarters: Deep, broad and well-muscled.

● Legs: Moderate length with heavy bone and squarely set under the sheep.

Information source: Australian Corriedale Assoc.

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