Guide to Sheep Breeds
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North American Texel Sheep Association
740 Lower Myrick Road
Laurel, MS 39440-0000
Texel Sheep Breeders Society
15618 E. Davis Road
Opdyke, IL 62872
Appearance: lambs are born copper-colored but then develop white fleece (face and legs remain reddish); pendulous ears; white wool; thick tail
Fleece: lustrous, medium-fine fleece with moderately long staple
Breeding: out of season
Behavior: alert; strong maternal instinct
Use: meat, particularly for Easter market; fleece
Origin: United States
Environment: tolerant to both heat and cold; can thrive on marginal land
ALBC rating: watch
In 1799, the ruler of Tunisia sent a flock of Tunis sheep to a judge in Pennsylvania. The sheep became popular, and many more were imported (Thomas Jefferson preferred them to Merinos). Tunis are resistant to disease and parasites, and can thrive in a variety of challenging environments. Slow Food USA has listed Tunis lamb on in the Ark of Taste.
National Tunis Sheep Registry Inc.
15603 173rd Ave.
Milo, IA 50166
Ark of Taste
Slow Food’s Ark of Taste is a resource for those interested in learning about and reviving rare regional foods – from Roy’s Calais flint corn to Ivis White Cream sweet potatoes, Beaver Dam peppers to Navajo-Churro sheep.
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