Ile de France Sheep?

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  1. kit

    kit Well-Known Member

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    What can anyone out there tell me about these sheep? We were at a carcass comparison presentation and they really have a good carcass on them - are there many of them out there? We are thinking of using them as a terminal sire cross. Do any of you on this forum raise them?
     
  2. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    Hi Kit,

    This is one sheep I do not know much about. Have not seen it in the US, but doesn't mean it isn't here.
    Here a link and some info

    http://studbook.co.za/Society/france/index.htm


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    The Ile-de-France is the product of crossing the English Leicester and the Rambouillet. Later the Mauchamp Merino was also used in the breeds development. The breed was originally known as the Dishley Merino. The breed is widespread in France and was introduced to Britain in the 1970's.

    The breed is large and thick set. The face and lower legs are free from wool. The face is white with pink lips and nostrils. Both sexes are hornless (polled).

    The Ile-de-France produces a fine, heavy fleece that is very high in grease which results in low yields. The average fleece weight is 4 to 6 kilograms with a 7 to 8 cm staple length. The quality of the fleece is 56's to 60's.


    References:

    British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.

    Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

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    British Sheep and Wool, British Wool Marketing Board, Oak Mills, Station Rd., Clayton, Bradford. 112 pp.
     

  3. kit

    kit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - I've done all the research I can on the web. And have seen pictures, but have yet to see a live one! Does anyone on this forum raise them?? We are really interested in trying them as a terminal sire on our ewes.
     
  4. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    Hi Kit,

    Wasn't quite sure what you were asking so guessed. I have not seen any in the USA for sale. There might be a breeder up in Canada,, so Ross might know??

    Sorry I could not of been more help.
     
  5. Janet McNally raises them in MN (tamaracksheep.com).
     
  6. kit

    kit Well-Known Member

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    I guess I'm just looking for someone that raises them to give me more real first hand knowledge. I'm considering trying to locate a ram to use as a terminal sire and just want more knowledge on the breed.