Derbyshire Gritstone characteristics

Derbyshire Gritstone raised primarily for meat. The oldest breed of the United Kingdom. Gritstone is the most economical sheep on high ground.

Derbyshire Gritstone breed information

The legs are black and white also they are free from wool.

Even the face has black and white markings.

Both sexes are polled.

The body is wooled and the fleece is uniform and dense.

Gritstone is the most disease resistant and strong breed.

Ewes have good mothering qualities and good milk flow.

The rapid growth of lambs and high survival characteristics makes the breed most liked.

The ewes are only mated when they reach 63 kg of weight.

They thrive well even in the hill, the at 16 weeks on the hill they produce 18 kg of dressed meat and on the grazing low lands in 10 weeks they give 22 kg of dressed meat.

The meat is lean of prime quality mutton and also has a long shelf life.

Gritstone grows quickly and matures early to the good carcass of live weight 40 kg in 70 to 100 days.

Lambing percentage of 145 percent.

The Derbyshire Gritstone can be used for hosiery, Worsted yarns, and knitwear where most of the other hill breed wool are used to produce carpets.

Things to know

The Derbyshire Gritstone Sheepbreeders Society (DGSS) was formed in 1906.

Brief characteristics of Derbyshire Gritstone

Breed NameDerbyshire Gritstone
Other Name 
Country/Place of OriginEngland
Breed Purposewool and meat
Breed Sizemedium
90 kg(200 lb)
Ewe(Female)70 kg(160 lb)
Kiddingsingle or twins
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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