The Berrichon Du Cher sheep breed was developed in the southwest of France in the late 19th century. The main purpose of breeding is for meat production. The Rams are used mas terminal to improve carcass traits and ewes are used for cross-breeding to produce heavy lambs.
The breed is a cross of Spanish Merino with English longwool breeds. A breed that is easily born easily reared and easily finished.
Berrichon du Cher Sheep breed information
The Berrichon is a large, white-faced, medium-boned, well-fleshed sheep originating from the Cher region of France.
Both sexes are polled (hornless).
Fleece color is white with 30 to 32 microns. Fleece weight is around 2 kg to 3 kg per sheering.
The staple length of wool is 8 to 9 cm and the wool is fine and soft.
The percentage of lambing is 160%.
Berrichon ewes also have a natural ability to lamb out-of-season: 60% of lambs are naturally born from September to November, a schedule that provides high flexibility in terms of production.
The rams weigh 110 kg (240 lb) while ewes 70 kg (150 lb).
At the withers, rams grow to 73 cm (29 in) and ewes to 68 cm (27 in)
Rams are well-conformed and early-maturing animals, a highly valued terminal for crossbreeding.
Things to know
The breed society being established in the UK in the 20th Century.
The breed is also suitable for free-range or semi-free-range breeding systems, with later lambing during spring and a grass finishing phase.
The breed is also very popular as an export product, particularly to countries within the European area.
Brief characteristics of Berrichon du Cher Sheep
|Breed Name||Berrichon du Cher Sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||France|
|110 kg (240 lbs)|
|Ewe(Female)||70 kg (150 lbs)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||Native Climates|
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