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Dual Purpose Breeds: Finnsheep

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 160-220 lb.
Ewe 120-160 lb.

AVERAGE fiber DIAMETER

Micron 31-24
Spinning Count 60-48

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 4-8 lb.

YIELD

50-70%

STAPLE LENGTH

3-6"

Finnsheep originated in Finland where they are known as Finnish Landrace. They were imported to Canada in 1966 and to the U.S. in 1968 where they are primarily used to produce crossbred ewes. They are a small to medium-sized, fine-boned, open-faced breed with medium-grade, good-staple length wool. Their wool is mainly white, but colored is acceptable. Ewes are hardy, will lamb on an accelerated program, have strong maternal instincts and are highly prolific. Lambs have high livability and produce lean carcasses. The breed is adaptable to a range of management conditions.

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