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Dorper - Meat
The Dorper is a South African breed of domestic sheep developed by crossing Dorset Horn and the Blackhead Persian sheep. The breed was created through the efforts of the South African Department of Agriculture to breed a meat sheep suitable to the more arid regions of the country.
They are a fast growing meat producing sheep. The Dorper is an easy care animal that produces a short light coat of wool and hair that is shed in late spring and summer. It has high fertility and maternal instinct, combined with high growth rates and hardiness. The breed has the characteristic black head as well as white heads (White Dorper).
Rams reach sexual maturity at an early age, rams have been observed to start working by five months. Live weight gains that allow lambs to reach about 36 kg (79 lb) (17 kg (37 lb) - 18 kg (39 lb) carcase) in 100 days has been obtained from first cross animals grown in the Mallee region. Local experience indicates that carcases with fat scores of 2 to 3 to be easily obtained under these conditions.
They are well suited to the small holder as they don't require sheering
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Wiltshire Horn - Meat
The Wiltshire Horn is a breed of domestic sheep originally from Wiltshire in southern England raised for meat.The breed is unusual amongst native British breeds, for it has the unusual feature of moulting its short wool and hair coat naturally in spring, alleviating the need for shearing. They are good mothers and have high fertility. The fact that they do not require shearing or crutching and do not suffer readily from flystrike is making them increasingly attractive to the commercial sheep sector, particularly as even pure-bred lambs can reach slaughter weight in as little as 16 weeks.
Males and females both have horns. Ram horns will grow one full spiral each year until maturity. Both sexes are white with occasion black spots on the undercoat. This is a hair breed, growing a thick, coarse coat in the winter and shedding in the summer. Rams weigh about 250 pounds (110 kg) and ewes 150 pounds (68 kg).
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http://www.wiltshirehorn.asn.au/

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Suffolk - Meat/Wool
Suffolk are a black-faced, open-faced breed of domestic sheep they are mainly raised for wool and meat production.
Suffolk are alert, learn easily and are quick to quieten down once disturbed. As a hobby herd or as pets Suffolk sheep can be rewarding as, in small numbers, their individual characters can be appreciated. Like most sheep the ewes are far more manageable than the wethers or rams. Breeders say small flocks of Suffolk sheep can be easily herded or moved around using a bucket of food as a incentive.
Mature weights for rams range from 250 to 350 lb (110 to 160 kg), ewe weights vary from 180 to 250 lb (80 to 110 kg). Fleece weights from mature ewes are between 5 to 8 lb (2.3 to 3.6 kg) with a yield of 50% to 62%. The fleeces are considered medium wool type with a fiber diameter of 25.5 to 33 microns and a spinning count of 48 to 58. The staple length of ranges from 2 to 3.5 in (50 to 90 mm)
The will require sheering at least once a year.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffolk_(sheep)
http://www.suffolks.com.au/
http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/2001/archives/2001_archives/roadtests/farm_and_holiday_animals/suffolk_sheep

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