Largest breed?

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Xandras_Zoo, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. Xandras_Zoo

    Xandras_Zoo Well-Known Member

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    Wondering what the largest breed of sheep is?
     
  2. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    I believe that would be the Columbia sheep.

    Ewes get up to 225 lbs, rams get up to 300 lbs.

    You can find all sorts of info on them here:

    http://columbiasheep.org/
     

  3. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    I knew someone that had a Hampshire Ram that weighed 320lbs sheared.

    There are also some North Country Cheviots in the UK that are topping 300lbs+.
    They now are looking quite different than the NCC in NA.
     
  4. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I've read the Wendsleydale breeders claim the title but modern sheep are gettign bigger and bigger.
     
  5. Kim Martin

    Kim Martin Well-Known Member

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    HI, I dont know if it is because of me (DH said I'de have a greyhound fat!) but my girls (Hampshire's) now and also in the past, all weighed around 200 to 225-250! (Even when not preggie!) The smallest one was hamp/suff. mix, and she weighed about 175! All I know is they beat the daylights out of me sometimes! (I told one yesterday AM that she was going to muttonburger for dinner, as I was washing the blood off!) :) I was given 3 alpine milk goats and am afraid to mix the 2 together! The goats want to "PLAY" as they think it, but I'm worried for their bones! These girls are like semi's on turnpike without brakes when it comes to the dinner pail!LOL KIM in OK
     
  6. Polly in NNY

    Polly in NNY Well-Known Member

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    When I hear about the size of some of the sheep you all have and the weight of newborn lambs, I am so grateful to have my Jacobs. :)