Sheep that shed??

Discussion in 'Sheep' started by Emily Nouvertne, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. Emily Nouvertne

    Emily Nouvertne Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend that bought a few lambs in Lukasville, Oh. that claims that they are a breed that sheds their wool....I have never heard of such a breed....is there such a thing?
    Any responses will be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Emily
     
  2. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hair sheep do indeed shed their hair..
     

  3. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

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    Why certainly, there are several "hair" sheep breeds that shed their winter woolly coats in the summer without shearing. We raise the Dorper and the Katahdin hair sheep but there are several other shedding breeds also. The sheep industry is really moving towards these larger, fast growing, shedding breeds as there is not much market for wool anymore (costs more to shear than the wool is worth!) and your feed conversion will go straight into making meat or babies.
     
  4. Soay will shed, they are actually classified as primitive rather than hair sheep, which also shed.
     
  5. brosil

    brosil Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Some Shetlands will roo. You can peel their wool off like a thick blanket. I've had several that have done that.
     
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    Shygal Unreality star Supporter

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    Icelandics will as well.
     
  7. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    I have Shetland/Kahtadin crosses ... the ones that come out wooly are like this. Didn't know there was a name for it!