The Grey Troender sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from Norway. It is also called Grå trøndersau in Norwegian language. Today it is a very rare breed with approximately 50 individual animals available (nearly all residing within Norway).
The breed was actually originated from the crossbreeding of native landrace sheep with the now extinct Tautra sheep. And it was developed in the late 19th century. The Grey Troender sheep originally bred in the Trøndelag region of Norway. And the breed was named from it’s origin place.
Total population of these animals is increasing gradually. The Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources established a project for collecting and freezing seed from Grey Troender rams in an effort to revive the breed in 1998. Read some more information about this Norwegian sheep breed below.
Grey Troender Sheep Characteristics
The Grey Troender sheep are medium sized animals. They are most commonly varying shades of grey in color with distinctive white markings under the eyes. Although, brown, black and white woolled animals are also occasionally seen.
The wool of these animals is uniform with minimum fiber diameter of 32.3 mm, and around 2-3 kg average weight. Both rams and ewes are usually polled and they have half-long or variable length tails. As a medium sized animal, average live body weight of the mature Grey Troender sheep vary from 70 to 80 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The Grey Troender sheep is a wool sheep breed. It is raised mainly for wool production.
The Grey Troender sheep are strong animals. They are well adapted to their local climates. It is a very rare breed today, with approximately 50 animals available. Today, the breed is raised mainly for wool production. The wool was traditionally used for handicrafts, and the pelts were used for woolskin rugs.
The minimum litter size is 1.8 lambs born per year. The lambs are usually slaughtered at 6 months of age, when they reach between 30 and 40 kg live body weight. However, review full breed profile of the Grey Troender sheep in the chart below.
Grey Troender Sheep | Breed Profile
|Breed Name||Grey Troender|
|Other Name||Norwegian: Grå trøndersau|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly wool|
|Special Notes||Very hardy animals, well adapted to local climates, very rare breed today, raised mainly for wool production, wool was traditionally used for handicrafts and the pelts were used for woolskin rugs, minimum litter size is 1.8 lambs per year, the lambs are usually slaughtered at 6 months of age, very good for wool production|
|Weight||Vary from 70 to 80 kg|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Color||Most commonly varying shades of grey in color with distinctive white markings under the eyes (brown, black and white animals are also occasionally seen)|
|Country/Place of Origin||Norway|