de France are a
Triple Purpose Breed of Sheep
growth rate carcass quality
a-seasonality wool quality
were developed in the 1830s and was first registered in 1892. Since 1933, they
have been performance tested and started their own test station in 1972. It is
the dominant breed in France and has been exported to more than 30 countries.
Importation to Canada of embryos and semen from donors with high performance indeces
for terminal and maternal characteristics commenced in 1995.
de France have been selected for 2 primary purposes:
(1) As a terminal sire
to produce vigorous, hardy, fast growing lambs, yielding carcasses which grade
well and demonstrate superior muscling of the loin and leg. They perform well
on grain rations, and are particularly successful when raised on pasture. They
finish at a variety of weights between 35 & 65kg.
(2) As an improver for
crossbreeding with maternal breeds in commercial flocks. They add hardiness,
longevity, feed conversion, out of season breeding ability and an excellent flocking
instinct. They are valued for their survival instincts as adults and as new born
lambs with heavily insulated birth coats. Their high wool quality is an asset
when crossed with range breeds.
weight Rams: 100 - 150kg.
Ewes: 85 - 95kg.
gain: 400gm/day (0.88lbs)
Fleece: Fine, clean 23-29 microns Weight:
5-6kg. Staple length 8-10cm.
ILE de FRANCE RAM LAMB
de FRANCE CARCASS
de FRANCE EWE WITH HER 2 PUREBRED LAMBS
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