Hampshire sheep have been famous throughout history for their dual-purpose utility. Have a glance at important things you should know about Hampshire sheep.
- The name of the sheep is acquired from the county of Hampshire, Southern England where the sheep originated.
- The local Hampshire Down sheep is improved by crossing an improved Cotswold ram along with the best Southdown rams. Later through continuous selection, the Hampshire sheep got evolved.
- The Hampshire breed is emphasized on the weight per age, multiple births, and muscles.
- The sheep look quite unique with black/brown face, ears, and legs(below the knee).
- Hampshire’s are noted for their rapid growth and efficient feed conversion.
- The mature rams weigh 275 pounds (125 kg) and ewes weigh around 200 pounds(90 kg).
- The meat produced by Hampshire is like by many, due to their lean meat.
- Hampshire ewes typically produce at least 2 strong and active lambs each year.
- Hampshire sheep fleece weight is around 6 pounds (2.5 kg) to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for a year. Staple length is 2.5 inches to 4 inches and a spinning count of 46-58.
- The Hamshire wool is used for the production of knitting yarns, flannels, and socks.
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