The White Suffolk sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from Australia. It is actually a meat sheep breed and was developed for the Australian Conditions.
Breeding program began in 1977 by Dr. Ewan Roberts of the University of N.S.W Australia to develop a terminal sire breed of sheep.
His goals were to develop a good breed with the confirmation, structure and growth of the Suffolk, but with a white head and legs.
The initial cross was between Polled Dorset and Suffolk, and separately Suffolk crossed with Border Leicester.
An association for the breed named as ‘The Australian White Suffolk Association‘ was established in 1986. Read more information about this breed below.
White Suffolk Sheep Characteristics
White Suffolk sheep is a medium to large sized breed with very beautiful appearance. It has many similar features to the Suffolk sheep breed.
But the White Suffolk sheep has a white face and legs instead of dark points of the Suffolk breed. Photo and info from Kismet Stud and Wikipedia.
White Suffolk sheep is a meat sheep breed. It is raised mainly for meat production.
The White Suffolk sheep is very strong and hardy animal. It has some very encouraging traits such as less fat, larger carcasses, good conformation and very fast growth rate.
Currently the White Suffolk is producing good results in a variety of pastoral, mixed farming and higher rainfall districts.
The breed is suitable for both commercial sheep farming and small scale production. However, review full breed profile of this breed in the following chart.
|Breed Name||White Suffolk|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly meat|
|Special Notes||Very strong and hardy, larger carcasses, good conformation, grow very fast, very good for meat production|
|Breed Size||Medium to large|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Color||White face and legs|
|Country/Place of Origin||Australia|