Crossbred Hair Sheep

~ Crossbred Available ~
~ Crossbred Rams ~ Crossbred Ewes ~
~ Crossbred Past ~

Much like the breeds that make up the Crossbred Hair Sheep, they maintain the same advantages. The biggest difference is Heterosis or “Hybrid vigor”. This is when you take two subspecies (Katahdin and St Croix for example) and breed them together.

Here is a quote from Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service:
Another reason for crossbreeding is that sometimes, heterosis results from breed crossing. Heterosis is also known as hybrid vigor. As an example of this, crossbred baby lambs on the average are more vigorous and have a higher livability than purebred lambs. They also have a higher early growth rate. Crossbred females come into productivity at an earlier age and on the average are more fertile and adaptable to a wider range of conditions than purebreds

ADVANTAGES OF CROSSBRED HAIR SHEEP

  • No Shearing
  • Both Sexes Polled
  • Parasite Resistant
  • Reduced Foot-rot
  • Fine-grained, low-fat meat
  • Non-selective grazers
  • Heat and Cold Tolerant
  • Good Flocking Instinct
  • Good Temperament
  • Excellent Lamb Production
  • Early Puberty
  • High Lambing Percentage
  • Year-round Breeding
  • Lamb at 12 months
  • Good mothers
  • Good milk production
  • High survivability
  • Cross-breds produce more pounds of lamb