Bond sheep are primarily raised for wool. They are from Australia. A cross between Peppin Merinos and imported Lincoln rams gave resultant Bond sheep.
Bond sheep breed information
Bond sheep are tall, large body size and heavy in bone.
Bonds have a white or “pink” nose with light-colored hooves.
They produce white and high yielding wool.
The fleece they produce is of 22 to 28 microns.
The height of rams is around 32 inches at withers.
The weight of the wool is about 7 to 8kg per sheering.
Bond rams can weigh up to 150 kg (330 lb) and mature ewe weight of no more than 80 kg (175 lb)
Lambs are long, lean and fast-growing. Even the lambing percentage is good around 130 % as the sheep are highly fertile.
A good lamb weighs around 22 to 24 kg which will be market-ready in a few months.
Bond lamb’s skin is used in leather industries.
Things to know
According to Wikipedia, the Bond sheep was developed around 1909 near Lockhart, New South Wales by Thomas Bond when he mated Saxon-Peppin Merino ewes to stud Lincoln rams. This was done to achieve better wool production. Finally, the sheep which got adopted to Riverina environment were kept that resulted in Bond sheep.
The self-replacing Bond flock saves the producer the expense, time, and potential of disease introduction of buying in replacement stock.
The breed is common in the south-east areas of Australia.
Best rams are exported to Russia, New Zealand, and China.
The Australian Bond Sheep Breeders’ Association has existed since 1984. It now has 30 registered studs that sell more than 3000 rams annually.
Brief characteristics of Bond sheep
|Breed Name||Bond sheep|
|Other Name||the Commercial Corriedale|
|Country/Place of Origin||Australia|
|150 kg (330 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||80 kg (175 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|
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