The Romanov sheep breed are a hardy, tough breed that can withstand many harsh climates and environments whilst still producing good lambs, meat and wool.
The lambs mature pretty fast reaching a mature body weight at around 100 days of birth. They can breed throughout the year and have been known to have up to six lambs a birthing.
ROMANOV SHEEP QUICK PROFILE OVERVIEW
|A short-tailed breed that has a beautiful double coat of wool which shines almost silver grey.
|Country of Origin:
|Medium to large
|Meat and can be used for wool
|Can be used for
|Breed, **LSC, Meat, Wool
|Heat, Cold, Most climates
Not listed by the *ALC
|No known health issues
|Good Starter Sheep?
|Intermediate to expert farming/keeping level
|North American Romanov Sheep Association
Please refer to North American Romanov Sheep 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
|The Romanov sheep are a medium to large breed with a compact body that is not too long but in proportion with its long clean black legs. It has a clean black face and most of them have some form or white marking across their face. The lambs are born completely black, but their fleece soon turns a silver grey.
|Black and grey
EWE BREEDING & MILKING INFORMATION
|The ewes can breed any time of the year and mostly produce enough milk to wean their lambs. They are very prolific, and some have dubbed them as the most fertile sheep in the world. They are really excellent mother not afraid to challenge any threats to their young and have a high lambing percentage with hardly any lambing problems
|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) some more mature ewes have been known to have 3 to 4. They have been reported to have had up to 6 lambs at a birth.
|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
|The lambs have a very flavorful tastes are lean and succulent with a weight of 25 to 30 kgs in around 100 days of age. Even the mutton of the Romanov sheep has a tender and exquisite taste of excellent quality, grain and meat to bone ratio.
|Yes, Quality: Good quality tender meat of excellent flavor
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SHEEP WOOL PRODUCTION INFORMATION
|The Romanov sheep breed produce a wool of Coarse dark fibers.
|N/A, Quality: Coarse dark fibers. A mix of black guard hair and gray wool
|Wool is used to Produce:
|Rugs, wall hangings and mats
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GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROMANOV 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 North American Romanov Sheep Association breeders/members directories for more information
The Russian Romanov sheep breed are highly prolific and are known for having large litters of lambs. They mature sexually at really early age and have a breed record of 9 lambs in one litter.
The Romanov Sheep breed are believed to have originated from the Upper Volga region in Russia from a town called Romanov for which the sheep were named.
They sheep were imported to Germany after catching the attention of countries outside of Russia in the 18th century. Then from German and then to France
The Romanov sheep were first imported to Canada in 1980. There were 4 rams and 14 ewes that were quarantined in Canada for 5 years and tested before they were sent from Canada 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