Dala-fur sheep raised primarily for wool and meat. The breed is originated in Sweden. A remnant of old Swedish landrace breed, which is one of the Northern European short-tailed sheep breeds.
Dala-fur breed information
The breed is small and hardy.
It has a white color coat, but sometimes dark, and has a wool-less tail.
The wool is very curly and fine, which is preferred to make costumes.
The costumes are made from the lamb of age around 2 months.
Ewes are polled and about 90 percent of all rams are horned. Rams have large circular horns.
Mature Dala-fur ram weighs around 60 kg (130 lb) and ewe weighs 45 kg (1000 lb).
Dala-fur has a strong flock instinct and the herd is always led by an experienced ewe.
Along with wool production, the breed is also very good for quality meat production.
Things to know
Dala-fur sheep also know as Dala pälsfår in Swedish
According to nordensark – “The Dala-fur sheep got its name from the fact that its pelts are used for the furs in most of the parish costumes around Lake Siljan.”
The Dala-fur sheep belongs to Northern European short-tailed sheep breed.
The Dala-fur are so uncommon breed, where the population is dwindling. In 2010, there were only 467 have left. The breed is considered as threatened.
Brief characteristics of Dala-fur sheep
|Breed Name||Dala-fur sheep|
|Other Name||Dala pälsfår in Swedish|
|Country/Place of Origin||Sweden|
|Breed Purpose||meat and wool|
|60 kg (130 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||45 kg (100 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|
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