The Aussiedown sheep is a breed of domestic sheep which was originated from Australia. Today it is mainly distributed in the New South Wales, Victoria. It was developed in the early 1990s by using Southdown and Texel genetics. And the resulting progeny have a maximum of 75 percent Southdown and Texel ancestry.
Today the Aussiedown sheep are mainly raised as prime lamb sires, by crossing them over purebred or crossbred ewes. The breed is very good for meat production. However, read some more information about this Australian sheep breed below.
Aussiedown Sheep Characteristics
The Aussiedown sheep are large animals. They are generally complete white in coloration with white face. Both rams and ewes are generally polled. Their face is clean and body is plain.
Average live body weight of the mature ewes is around 87 kg. And the mature ram’s average live body weight is around 140 kg. Photo and info from amberwell.net and Wikipedia.
The Aussiedown sheep is a meat sheep breed. It is raised mainly for meat production.
The Aussiedown sheep are strong animals. They are well adapted and usually do well in their native climate. They require less caring, and it’s very easy to take care of them. Today the breed is raised mainly for meat production. But they are also pretty good for wool production. They produce pretty good quality wool with a fiber diameter of 28 to 33 microns.
Staple length of the fleece is around 60 to 90 micrometers. Average fleece production is around 3-5 kg. High lambing percentages are very common. However, review full breed profile of the Aussiedown sheep in the following chart.
Aussiedown Sheep | Breed Profile
|Special Notes||Strong animals, well adapted and do well in their native climate, require less caring, very easy to take care of these animals, today raised mainly for meat production, but are also pretty good for milk production, noted for high lambing percentage|
|Weight||Mature rams average live body weight is around 140 kg, and the mature ram’s average live body weight is around 87 kg.|
|Climate Tolerance||Do well in their local climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||Australia|