Drenthe Heath Sheep

Drenthe Heath Sheep is the oldest breed from Drenthe, Netherlands. The main purpose of raising the breed is for conservation grazing and meat.

Drenthe Heath Sheep breed information

Drenthe Heath sheep are multi-colored like black, brown, red and white but the wool is white in color.

The mature sheep reach 60cm of height at withers.

Both sexes have horns, but few are polled too.

Horns are spiral formed in the rams and stick formed in the ewes. 

Ewes produce one lamb at a time.

The breed is very rustic and can graze outside all year round.

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Things to know

The oldest surviving breed of sheep in Europe. 

As a result of the grazing on heathlands and fresh meadows, the taste of Drenthe Heath meat is well appreciated.

The breed probably came with settlers from France.

Brief characteristics of Drenthe Heath Sheep

Breed NameDrenthe Heath Sheep
Other NameDrents Heideschaap (Dutch)
Country/Place of OriginNetherlands
Breed PurposeMeat and wool
Breed Sizesmall
Weight
Ram(Male)
50 kg(110 lb)
Ewe(Female)45 kg(99 lb)
Kiddingone
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing  and Stall-fed
Climate ToleranceAll Climates

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