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Dual Purpose Breeds: Panama

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 250-280 lb.
Ewe 180-210 lb.

AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER

Micron 30-25
Spinning Count 58-50

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 13-15 lb.

YIELD

45-55%

STAPLE LENGTH

3-5"

Originating in Idaho in the early 1900's, the Panama began as a cross between Rambouillet rams and Lincoln ewes. Following approximately five years of crossbreeding, rams and ewes were inter se mated to establish the breed. The Panama is a hardy breed that is highly adapted to range areas with ample feed conditions. They are polled, resemble the Columbia breed but are more intermediate in size and produce a heavy, dense medium-grade fleece with a long staple length.

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