The Rambouillet sheep is quite a magnificent sheep to look at with their powerful full body, well-muscled build and their beautiful shaped horns. The ewes horns curve back gracefully from her head giving her a clean neat appearance, but the rams horns are spiraled and magnificent.
RAMBOUILLET SHEEP QUICK PROFILE OVERVIEW
|They are beautiful sheep with strong Roman nosed profile, beautiful horns and strong well-defined bodies.
|Country of Origin:
|Rambouillet Merion or French Merino
|Meat and wool
|Can be used for
|Breed, **LSC, Meat, Wool
|Quiet and calm
|Heat, Cold, Most climates
Not listed by the *ALC
|No known health issues
|Good Starter Sheep?
|Novice to Intermediate farming/keeping level
|American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association
|Please refer to American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association for more information
| Note: *ALC stands for American Livestock Conservancy
** LSC stands for Landscape Management – the animal is used for controlling various vegetation growth
|Rambouillet sheep breed are strong, sturdy and well-defined bodies. They have smooth faces, with a wooly cap and sometimes wooly sideburns. Their hind legs are strong and are usually covered in wool.
|Usually white but they can come in a few other shades
EWE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|They breed more than once a year and have a high lambing percentage with minimal birthing difficulties. The ewes have excellent maternal instincts and are highly prolific.
|Usually lasts 24 to 36 hours
|Ave. 17 days/13 to 19 days
|Usually, around 150 to 155 days but most gestation is 152 days
|1 to 2 (twins)
|Usually, around 150 to 240 day but most are milked for 180 days
|4 to 6 weeks after lambing
|Milk Ideal for:
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SHEEP MEAT PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|They have a great meat to bone ratio with a tender succulent meat with a good grain. The lambs usually reach their ideal weight at around 10 months old. They have a lean meat that meats the current day consumer demands. Mutton is of good tender quality with a great taste.
|Yes, Quality: Premium
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SHEEP WOOL PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|Most sheep produce some form or wool. Some breeds are hair sheep and they are not used for their wool whilst other wool sheep have a low quality of wool that would be used for some form of production such as maybe Lanolin, etc. Their fleece is basically the same as Merino wool as the sheep were developed from the Merino breed. It has been said to be a bit more springy and better than the Merino wool.
|N/A, Quality: Fine quality of wool Spinning count of 60s to 80s
|Wool is used to Produce:
|Knitted garments, fine clothes, scarves, hand spinning, blankets, etc.
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GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE RAMBOUILLET SHEEP
|A few more interesting facts to know about the breed
|No livestock should be left unattended around unsupervised children
|They are good at landscape management
|Where to buy them?
|Please refer to American Rambouillet Sheep Breeders Association breeders/members directories for more information
|The Rambouillet is known as the French Merino sheep and is highly prized for its wool
They are large and rugged and adaptable to many climates and environments with no problems.
The Rambouillet sheep breeds history begins in Spain with their prized Merino breed of sheep. The Spanish were so guarded with the breed that any exportation from Spain of these sheep was strictly forbidden.
In 1786 The King of Spain, after relaxing the laws on importation of the Merino sheep, allowed 359 ewes and rams he had carefully selected be sent to France. This was in a positive reply to a request for permission to import them into France.
The Merino sheep were sent to the Rambouillet Farm just outside of Paris where the Rambouillet sheep breed have now been bred since 1801. Where shortly after some were imported to the United States.
- 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