The Algarve Churro sheep is a breed of domestic sheep which is raised mainly for meat production. It was originated in Portugal from the Andalusian Churro which were imported in the late nineteenth century. Today the breed is found mainly in region of Faro in Portugal. It is raised mainly for meat production, but also pretty good for producing carpet wool.
Total population of the Algarve Churro sheep breed has been decreasing. And there were greater than 23,000 animals in the year of 1996, and were greater than 1300 in 2004. However, read some more information about this sheep breed below.
Algarve Churro Sheep Characteristics
The Algarve Churro sheep are medium sized animals with beautiful appearance. They are mainly white in coloration with black spots on the feet and head. Although about 10 percent of the population are completely black. Both rams and ewes are generally horned. The mature rams on average grow around 37 inches at the withers, and the ewes on average grow around 33 inches at the withers.
Average live body weight of the mature ewes is around 55 kg. And the mature rams on average reach around 75 kg live body weight. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The Algarve Churro sheep are very hardy and strong animals. They are well adapted to their native environments, and found mainly in the Faro region of Portugal. Today the breed is raised mainly for meat production, but it is also very good for producing carpet quality wool. However, review full breed profile of the Algarve Churro sheep in the following chart.
Algarve Churro Sheep | Breed Profile
|Breed Name||Algarve Churro|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly meat, but also very good for producing carpet quality wool|
|Special Notes||Hardy and strong animals, well adapted and do well in their native climate, today found mainly in the Faro region of Portugal, good for producing meat and carpet quality wool|
|Weight||Mature rams average live body weight is around 75 kg, and the mature ewe’s average live body weight is around 55 kg|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||Portugal|