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Dual Purpose Breeds: East Friesian

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 225-270 lb.
Ewe 160-180 lb.

AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER

Micron 33-29
Spinning Count 54-46

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 9-12 lb.

YIELD

55-65%

STAPLE LENGTH

4-6"

The East Friesian originated in Northern Germany and the Province of Fiesland in the Netherlands. Imported as purebreds into the U.S. from Canada in 1994, this breed has the highest milk production of the improved dairy sheep breeds. They are a docile, large size, open white faced, polled breed with a coarse grade staple length wool. A high percentage of ewes will lamb at 12 months of age and mature ewes are highly prolific.

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