The Royal White sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from United States. It was developed by William Hoag at Dorpcroix Sheep Farm in Hermleigh, Texas.
It is actually a hybrid which is bred for producing more meat, less fat and less wool with the goal of producing lean tender meat. It is a very hardy breed and is disease resistant.
The breed is actually very good for meat production, and it produce more meat than Dorper and Katahdin sheep.
The Royal White sheep was actually created by using the traits of St. Croix and Dorper sheep and then their negative traits removed via selective breeding over many years.
The selected offspring from these crosses were then called Dorpcroix sheep and sold to the public for breeding enabling many traditional wool producers to retain wool ewes and utilize the Dorpcroix rams to achieve the lower maintenance and labor benefit and in many cases more lambs with better survivability.
The Royal White sheep breed is the first new sheep breed in the United States in over 25 years developed for high performance and low maintenance. Read some more information about this breed below.
Royal White Sheep Characteristics
Royal White sheep are a large sized animal with beautiful appearance. As the name suggests, these animals have pure white body color.
They hold their ears horizontally. And both rams and ewes are usually polled. They usually grow a longer hair coat in the fall and shed it off naturally in the spring.
Average live body wight of the mature Royal White rams is between 84 and 107 kg. And average live body weight of the mature ewes vary from 80 to 95 kg. Photo and info from ansi.okstate.edu and Wikipedia.
This sheep is a meat sheep breed. It is raised mainly for meat production.
The Royal White sheep are very hardy and strong animals and they are disease-resistant. They are very good for meat production, and they produce tender meat with a mild sweet flavor.
Their leather is of garment quality and can be split. The lambs are fast-growing, vigorous and lean. They produce carcass with a high cutting out percentage which yield 54 percent meat at a weight of 50 kg.
The Royal White Sheep Association is continuing to improve this breed in regards to genotyping and will continue improving traits for such things as scrapie resistance and even more parasite resistance.
However, review full breed profile of this breed in the following chart.
|Breed Name||Royal White|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly meat|
|Special Notes||Very hardy and strong animals, disease-resistant, very good for meat production, produce tender meat with a mild sweet flavor, the leather is of garment quality and can be split, lambs grow very fast|
|Weight||Rams weight between 84 and 107 kg, and average weight of the ewes vary from 80 to 95 kg|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||United States|