The Dutch Spotted sheep are as original as they come. Hailing from Holland, the breed can in fact, be traced back before World War One, as according to the Dutch spotted sheep society.
A hardy breed, there is an estimated 1,000 breeders in existence, with the vast majority located in their homeland. The breed can now be found in France, Spain, Germany and even the UK. The breed were first introduced to the area in a bid to graze dykes, though they are now primarily used for meat production.
The breed thrives on grass-based systems and develop a high-quality meat carcase in doing so. They have a high killing out percentage, with lean meat and a unique taste. In general, the breed has a large framework and are light boned.
As mentioned they are a very hardy breed, though they are also very easy lambing.
Lambs are born strong and get up to suckle almost instantly. Ewes are high yielding and have bountiful supplies of milk. As with their hardy nature, they have very hard, durable feet, meaning they are less prone to foot root and other ailments. They also have good, hardy mouths and very docile in nature. An inquisitive breed, ewes tend to weigh anything up to 95kgs, with rams weighing up to 135kgs at full maturity.
Looks-wise, they are very unique indeed. They are predominantly black/brown with white spots, like that of a Friesian cow. A medium-sized, stocky breed, they are a really unique looking, beautiful breed.
A hardy, high yielding breed with origins dating back to pre-world war one, the Dutch Spotted sheep are truly magnificent.
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