Table of Contents
- 1 CORRIEDALE SHEEP QUICK PROFILE OVERVIEW
- 2 PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
- 3 EWE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
- 4 SHEEP MEAT PRODUCTION INFORMATION
- 5 SHEEP WOOL PRODUCTION INFORMATION
- 6 SHEEP SKIN PRODUCTION INFORMATION
- 7 GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORRIEDALE SHEEP
- 8 GENERAL INFORMATOIN
- 9 HISTORY
- 10 Video
- 11 USEFUL LINKS
The Corriedale Sheep breed is one of the oldest of the crossbred sheep breeds and originated from New Zealand. It is one of the most popular sheep breeds in quite a few countries around the world including America.
It is a hardy, adaptive, good lamber, the ewes are great mothers and they have a premium grade meat and top-quality wool.
CORRIEDALE SHEEP QUICK PROFILE OVERVIEW
|The Corriedale sheep is one of the oldest of crossbred sheep breeds and produces a high quality of wool|
|Country of Origin:||New Zealand|
|Main Purpose:||Meat and wool|
|Can be used for||Breed, Meat, Wool **LSC (Landscape Management)|
|Temperament:||They have a docile temperament and are easy to handle|
|Ideal Climate:||Most climates|
No Listed by the *ALC
|Health Issues?||No known health issues|
|Good Starter Sheep?||Novice to intermediate level sheep farmer/keeper|
|Sheep Associations:||American Corriedale Association|
|Sheep Clubs:||Please refer to the American Corriedale Association members/breeders directory for up to date lists of breeders and or clubs in your area.|
| Note: *ALC stands for American Livestock Conservancy
** LSC stands for Landscape Management – the animal is used for controlling various vegetation growth
|They are a large bodied sheep with stubbed tails, their faces are usually clean of fleece up to their foreheads. Their noses and hooves are black, and their legs are usually fleece covered.|
EWE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|The ewes breed once a year and mostly produce enough milk to wean their lambs. They are seasonal breeders but can be bred in 8 to 9 months intervals on a breeding program.|
|Breeding Period/cycle:||Usually lasts 16 to 59 hours|
|Estrous cycle:||Ave. 17 days/15 to 20 days|
|Gestation Period:||Usually, around 149 to 155 days but most gestation is 152 days|
|No. Lambs/Litter:||1 and 2 (twins)|
|Lactation Period:||Usually, around 150 to 240 day but most are milked for 180 days|
|Milking From:||4 to 6 weeks after lambing|
|Milk Quality:||Good, Quantity: Enough to wean lambs , Per: Lactation period|
|Milk Ideal for:||Lambs|
|You may Also Like:||10 Best Sheep Breeds for Milk|
SHEEP MEAT PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|The Corriedale Sheep breed is a meat producing sheep bred specifically developed and selectively bred to produce a high-quality meat. The lambs are fast growers with high quality, large carcasses and reach their ideal slaughter weight at around 10 months.|
|Meat Production:||Yes, Quality: Good Premium quality|
|You may Also Like:||11 Best Sheep Breeds for Meat Production|
SHEEP WOOL PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|The Corriedale is crossed with the Merino sheep breed which helps give it its good quality wool that is a mix of medium to long wool. It has a high yield, good length and softness.|
|Wool Production?||Yes, Quality: Medium-fine quality|
|Wool is used to Produce:||Hand spinners, garments, etc.|
|You may Also Like:||18 Best Wool Producing Sheep Breeds|
SHEEP SKIN PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|The Corriedale lambs have a very good quality carcass and produce a high pelt value.|
|Skin Production?||Yes, Quality: Excellent / high pelt value|
|Skin is used to Produce:||Kid skin leather products such as shoes, car seats, fine leather coats, gloves, etc.
Chamois cloths, leather goods such as seats, shoes and other garments and leather materials such as furniture, etc.
GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORRIEDALE SHEEP
|A few more interesting facts to know about the breed|
|Child-Friendly?||The are a large breed of sheep and children should never be left unsupervised around them.|
|Landscape Management?||Sheep love to roam various landscapes and grazing on the greenery. They are excellent at controlling noxious weeds and various long invasive grasses and bush.|
|Where to buy them?||Please refer to the American Corriedale Association members directory for more information on sellers around your area.|
The Corriedale sheep breed was developed in both New Zealand and Australia as a dual-purpose breed.
They produce lambs with a heavy carcass with makes them have high valued pelts and premium quality meat.
The Corriedale sheep breed can tolerate many different climates and environments. They are on of the most popular sheep breeds second only to the Merino sheep.
They can easily adapt to various production systems and they make great youth projects due to their calm docile temperament.
They are found throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia, South and North America.
The Corriedale sheep breed are a true dual-purpose breed. The sheep are very prolific, and they can potentially produce fall lambs and often have multiple births (twins).
In the 1860’s a farm manager of the Corriedale Estates at Otaga on the South Island of New Zealand named James Little is given the credit for developing the Corriedale sheep breed.
The Corriedale sheep was developed by the in-breeding of the off-spring of a cross between an English Lincoln sire and a Merino dam.
The Corriedale sheep was developed in order to produce a true dual-purpose breed of sheep that had the best qualities of both the top meat and wool producing sheep around at the time.
The Corriedale sheep is a sheep that is prized for both its meat and wool as it produces a high yield of both. With the lambs having an outstanding carcass and high pelt values.
In 1902 the breed was officially named the Corriedale Sheep breed. In 1911 the New Zealand Sheep Breeders Association started publishing the pedigree for the Corriedale sheep breed. But it was not until 1924 that the Corriedale Sheep breed had a flock book published by the Corriedale Sheep Society of New Zealand.
Professor F.R. Marshall, who was at the time the head sheepman of the Bureau of Animal Husbandary and Frank S. King who was a resident of Wyoming and the representative for the National Wool growers association were appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to find a new dual-purpose sheep breed.
The two men went to New Zealand in search of a dual-purpose sheep breed where they selected ten rams and sixty-five ewes for importation to America. They were set for the government experiment station in Wyoming.
In 1916 F.S. King founded both the Wyoming Corriedale Society and the American Corriadale Association.
The Corriedale sheep breed have gained incredible popularity throughout the United States and the world ranking as the second most numerous breed around the globe.
- United States Lamb Resource Center
- American Sheep Industry Association
- American Sheep Industry Association List of Breed Associations & Standards
- American Milk Sheep Association
- Dairy Sheep Association of North America
- American Wool Council
- Fur Commission USA
- North American Meat Institute
- American Lamb Board
- National Lamb Feeders Association
- American Livestock Conservancy
- Animal Shelter (ASPCA)
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Animal Welfare Society
- American Animal Control
- American Animal Husbandry Society
- United States Department of Agriculture