Swedish Dala-fur Sheep

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.

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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.

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Things to know

Dala-fur sheep  also know as Dala pälsfår

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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 NameDala-fur sheep
Other NameDala pälsfår in Swedish
Country/Place of Origin Sweden
Breed Purposemeat and wool
Breed Sizesmall
Weight
Ram(Male)
60 kg (130 lb)
Ewe(Female)45 kg (100 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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