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The Polypay sheep is a synthetic breed of sheep that was developed in the United States of America. It is a hardy dual-purpose breed with a long sturdy body and legs. They are highly prolific and can be bred more than once a year with a high percentage lambing rate.
They are a calm and docile breed that is easy to handle and maintain.
POLYPAY SHEEP QUICK PROFILE OVERVIEW
|A sturdy, adaptive, calm dual-purpose breed of sheep that are good for both wool and meat|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Main Purpose:||Meat and wool|
|Can be used for||Breed, **LSC, Meat, Wool|
|Ideal Climate:||Heat, Cold, Most climates|
Not listed by the *ALC
|Health Issues?||No known health issues|
|Good Starter Sheep?||Intermediate to expert farming/keeping level|
|Sheep Associations:||American Polypay Sheep Association|
|Sheep Clubs:||Please refer to American Polypay Sheep Association breeders/members directories for more information|
| Note: *ALC stands for American Livestock Conservancy
** LSC stands for Landscape Management – the animal is used for controlling various vegetation growth
|The Polypay sheep breed has a sturdy clean-cut well-proportioned body. They have long strong legs and are versatile and adaptable to their surrounds.|
EWE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|The ewes can breed more than once a year. They are prolific, with good mothering instincts and are good milkers.|
|Breeding Period/cycle:||Usually lasts 24 to 36 hours|
|Estrous cycle:||Ave. 17 days/13 to 19 days|
|Gestation Period:||Usually, around 150 to 155 days but most gestation is 152 days|
|No. Lambs/Litter:||1 to 2 (twins) or more|
|Lactation Period:||Usually, around 150 to 240 day but most are milked for 180 days|
|Milking From:||4 to 6 weeks after lambing|
|Milk Ideal for:||Lambs|
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SHEEP MEAT PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|The Polypay sheep has a good grade of meat and were developed to produce a lamb that grows steadily with an acceptable carcass weight. The lamb and mutton dress well with a good meat to bone ration, great color and grain.|
|Meat Production:||Yes, Quality: Good|
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SHEEP WOOL PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|The Polypay sheep was developed as a dual-purpose breed and produce a medium grade wool.|
|Wool Production?||N/A, Quality: Medium grade wool. Spinning count 48s to 60s|
|Wool is used to Produce:||Knitted garments, clothes, blankets, etc.|
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GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE POLYPAY SHEEP
|A few more interesting facts to know about the breed|
|Child-Friendly?||No livestock should be left unattended around unsupervised children|
|Landscape Management?||They are good at landscape management|
|Where to buy them?||Please refer to American Polypay Sheep Association breeders/members directories for more information|
|General Information||The Polypay is still a new breed of sheep that is classified as a synthetic sheep and is designed specifically for its meat and wool.
It has a high birthing rate and can breed more than once a year to produce a fine quality lamb.
The breeds name can be broken down into “poly” meaning multiple and “pay” to be profitable.
The Polypay breed of sheep was developed at the United States Sheep Experiment Station in the 1960’s.
The developer of the breed Dr. C. V. Hulet had a clear-cut vision and goal for the development of the PolyPay breed of sheep.
The sheep had to have a high prolificacy
The sheep could produce at 1 year of age
The sheep could produce a large lamb crop
The sheep could produce more than once a year
The lambs had to have a rapid growth
The lambs had to have a desirable carcass quality
The Polypay sheep breed were developed by the crossing of Finnsheep, Dorset, Targhee and Dorset sheep breeds.
The sheep breeds name came from the high response rate and enthusiasm the new breed stirred up amongst the sheep farmers community.
The American Polypay Association was formed in 1980 and is still going strong.
- 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