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.
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 Name||Drenthe Heath Sheep|
|Other Name||Drents Heideschaap (Dutch)|
|Country/Place of Origin||Netherlands|
|Breed Purpose||Meat and wool|
|50 kg(110 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||45 kg(99 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing and Stall-fed|
|Climate Tolerance||All Climates|
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