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an overview of dairy products
There are lots of various kinds of dairy products sheep breeds, and each type has its own distinct
features. In the western world there are just a handful of sheep breeds that are commonly made
use of, however if you look further afield you will find some interesting and one-of-a-kind sheep
that produce firm, rich and tasty cheeses. Below is a quick introduction of a few of the most
fascinating dairy sheep breeds.
The East Friesian Sheep
East Friesian sheep are the most common kind of dairy products sheep made use of in the United
States. East Frieisan sheep are rather a delicate breed and the young require special care.
Another popular type of sheep is the Lacaune. This French breed is popular in the United States
since while it produces less milk than the East Friesian, the milk has even more complete solids,
which makes it perfect for producing Roquefort cheese. The Lacaune is quite simple to take care
of, and its wool is virtually as desirable as its milk, so it is popular on small farms and is even
sometimes kept by independent breeders.
The Awassi sheep is belonging to the Middle East, however there are a handful of breeders in the
United States that keep them. The Awassi is an extremely sturdy breed, resistant to illness and
parasites, and able to endure at extreme temperatures and with limited food. Awassi sheep have
a very long lactation period, and they produce a great deal of rich, high fat and solids milk,
meanings that they produce delicious hard cheeses.
This fairly new type of sheep originated in Israel in the 1950s. It is a cross-breed of the Awassi
and the East Friesian that produces a lot of milk however has the hardiness of the Awassi. In the
western world this breed is fairly uncommon, however it is increasing in appeal as need for
sheep's milk grows.
There are some other breeds of sheep that are not generally kept for dairy purposes, however
that do produce milk. Some smaller sized farms keep these breeds since they are good for other
usages, such as gathering wool or meat, and consider the percentage of milk production to be an
Icelandic sheep are one good example of a triple-purpose sheep breed. They are durable and can
survive on a little pasture, so they are perfect as a sheep for novice breeders. They produce milk
and provide a great wool supply. Milk production varies enormously between sheep.
The Finnsheep is another sheep that is hardly ever kept for dairy functions, but that might be a
great choice for a person who wants a small milk supply. Finnsheep produce a great deal of
offspring - approximately seven at a time - and are considered to be a small-sized breed, so they
are simple for newbies to handle.
There are lots of various kinds of milk sheep breeds, and each type has its own unique features.
In the western world there are just a handful of sheep breeds that are frequently utilized, but if you
look additional afield you will discover some unique and exciting sheep that produce firm, rich and
delicious cheeses. East Friesian sheep are the most common type of dairy sheep used in the
United States. In the western world this breed is fairly unusual, but it is increasing in appeal as
demand for sheep's milk grows.
Icelandic sheep are one good example of a triple-purpose sheep type.
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