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Autumn days are shearing days many places in Norway. And that makes this a perfect time to tell you about some of the Norwegian sheepbreeds. Norway has several breeds of sheep:   Blesetsau, Dala sheep, Finnish landrase, Fuglestadbrogete sheep, Old Norwegian spelsau, Old Norwegian sheep, Grey Troendersheep, Merino, Norwegian White sheep, Norwegian Peltsheep, Oxford down, Rygja sheep, Cheviot, Modern Spelsau, Steigar Sheep, Suffolk, Blackface, Texel and Eastfriisian milk sheep. Six of these breeds of these are on the endagered list and kept a close eye on: Rygja, Dala, Steigar, Bleset, Fuglestadbrogete and grey troendersheep. Two other breeds that are not on the endangered list, but are kept a close watch on is Old Norwegian Spelsau and Norwegian Peltsheep. I have also included information in this post about the oldest Norwegian breed called Old Norwegian sheep.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADala sheep is a great growing and is a rough-in sheep. Adult ewes usually weigh between 80 and 100 kg. They are generally white, with sandy white guard hairs on the head and legs. But there is also black Dala sheep. Typical race marks are a wide neck, large ears and a gently sloping, broad muzzle with a black nose. The back is long, broad and well fleshed. Dala sheep gives much wool and it is long, but not a particularly fine-grained wool. It is the standard requirement that the wool should be free of guard hair. In breeding they are focusing on improving the wool qualities. By having this focus they have also reduced the incidence of birth difficulties, which previously was not unusual. Adult ewes  usually have twins and the lambs grow quickly. Dala sheep have a reputation of being a high maintenance sheep. In 2008,  Dala sheep was designated as a national conservation worthy race of the Norwegian Genetic Resource and Genetic Resource Committee for livestock. Today there is only about 1000-1200 Dala sheep left in Norway. In the 1860 Leicester sheep was introduced in several places in the country. From a place called Vik they spread to Voss where the sheep were breed with the “old kind of sheep” there. In 1923 Dala sheep was recognized as a breed of their own. More information here [click to continue…]

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