Bleu du Maine, sheep breed

Meat breed of domestic breeding, photos, description, characteristics

Meat breed of domestic breeding, photos, description, characteristics

The breed of sheep created in the last century by crossing local sheep with English breeds: Leicester and Uenslid. Farmers have begun to actively raise sheep new breed with the 20 years of the last century, and in the late 30’s, began to formally lead the breed history.

Bleu du Maine used as meat and wool sheep. Wool average fineness (30 microns) and length (10 cm), white. The skin is thick, light with a blue tint; the majority of sheep characterized by the absence of hair on the head, abdomen and all the limbs. Muzzle wrinkled, and in sheep folds over and they are deeper in their sheep less. With mature sheep a year can get up to 5 kg of wool, a sheep – up to 6 kg.

Sheep Blue du Maine different small head, thin limbs and a large rectangular body. The head is oval, long shape with a broad forehead and long ears; wool on the head there. Sheep grow up to 80 cm at the withers and weigh about 150 kg, and all the sheep reach 60-65 cm at the withers with an average body weight of 100 kg. The pure breed sheep’s tail is quite long, and new, improved sheep short tail.

Blue Sheep breed du Maine prized for dietary meat and pleasant, delicate flavor. In addition to this rapidly growing sheep and little lambs on average gaining 0.5 kg per day, more mature individuals gain to 0.4 kg per day. In the enhanced feeding they need.

Over its relatively long life (12 years old) can bring up to 25 lambs. At the age of six months or longer may be carried out first mating. At one time can lead to 4 lambs, sheep souse once a year. Lambs are born healthy, the mortality rate is very low. A newborn lamb on average weighs 4 kg and quickly begins to gain weight due to fat in the milk of sheep, which can feed multiple lambs up to 4 months.

Feed the sheep can be in any pasture, even in conjunction with the cows. Bleu du Maine is well adapted to the cold weather, they can safely graze before the frost. And in the winter does not freeze even in unheated rooms.

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