Galician sheep characteristics

Galician Sheep primarily raised for their excellent meat and high-quality wool. They are originated in the Galicia region of Spain.

Galician Sheep breed information

The Galician sheep are small-sized with white in color. Whereas black is very rare.

Rams have huge horns but ewes have small horns if they exist.

In Galician sheep, there are two separate ecotypes Montana(Sheep in higher areas like Mountains) and Mariano(Sheep in low areas like Coastal area).

The mature Galician sheep (Ovella Galega) ram weighs Mountain – 35 kg(77 lb) and Coastal – 60 kg(130 lb).

The mature Galician sheep (Ovella Galega) ewe weighs Mountain – 27 kg(60 lb) and Coastal – 40 kg(88 lb).

The height at withers of an adult male is mountain 60 cm and coastal 73 cm.

The height at withers of an adult female is mountain 51 cm and coastal 64 cm.

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Galician Sheep also called Ovella Galega.

Due to artificial fibers introduction the native sheep wool consumption reduced, this led to much decline of Galician sheep. The number fell down to 500 in total in 1990.

The biggest concentration is located in Ourense, Spain, south of Lugo and the west of Pontevedra.

The Galician Sheep breed now exists in small communities throughout Spain.

Brief characteristics of Galician Sheep

Breed NameGalician Sheep
Other NameOvella Galega
Country/Place of OriginSpain
Breed Purposemeat and wool
Breed Sizesmall
Mountain – 35 kg(77 lb)   Coastal – 60 kg(130 lb)
Ewe(Female)Mountain – 27 kg(60 lb)   Coastal – 40 kg(88 lb)
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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