Anyone know about the Dorset sheep? They are huge! Normal?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Meloout831, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Meloout831

    Meloout831 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    I recently saw a pair of Dorset sheep and was impressed at how big these animals were. Is this normal? I want to say they are almost 37" tall and heavy.

    If cross breeding what size ram can mate? Suffolk? I may want to buy them for meat production but want to make sure we can find a ram big enough to do the job.

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
  3. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    dorset are big sheep... not unusual for a ram to be well over 300 lbs. 37" would be a bit tall for the sort of dorsets we were seeing in SoCal, 32-34 was more typical, but 37" wouldn't be a shock.

    if you're breeding for meat, dorset's a good choice... why not just get a dorset ram? many sufolk rams would be tall enough, and there are some long-legged wool breeds as well, but more important is what are you looking for from the cross?

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