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

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

  1. Meloout831

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    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.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. zzGypsy

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    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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