The breed of sheep “Zwartbles”

The breed of sheep “Zwartbles”

The breed of sheep Zwartbles

History of the breed This sheep breed appeared at the beginning of the 20th century in one of the northern regions of Holland called Friesland, due to the crossing of the local breed of sheep bred by peasants with the East Friesian breed, which was dominated by dairy productivity

In the middle of the last century, the population of these sheep in Holland was reduced to a minimum, as a consequence of changes in the principles of agricultural development in the country and only by 1985. the number of them again began to recover in the territory of the state. Later sheep zwartbles were imported to England, Ireland and Scotland, where, by 1995, an association of breeders of this breed was formed. Since then, the breed has gained increasing recognition in European countries and beyond

Characteristics Zwartbles sheep have a vivid and memorable coloring – a black trunk and wide white marks in the head region. White color is also present on the legs and tail, which this breed is not trimmed. On the head and legs, the hair is short. According to the structure of the wool cover, these sheep are semi-fine

Their wool is dense and dense enough that they are well acclimatized in cold areas, withstanding wet weather and strong wind. The breed belongs to the meat and dairy industry, the coarse, high-legged, large-sized

The breed of sheep Zwartbles

Productivity The sheep reach a height of 85 to 95 cm. and weight from 91 to 129 kg, sheep just below 75 – 82cm. and weigh from 75 to 100kg. The length of wool in sheep of this breed ranges from 27 to 32 microns. Fleece is characterized by elasticity, tortuosity, and also has a sufficient density unlike Merino. From a ram in a year receive up to 4kg of unrefined wool, from a sheep 3.6 – 4kg, and with one-year-old lambs about 2.7kg of wool

At slaughter for meat the slaughter yield for this breed of sheep is from 44 to 52%. The meat has a sweetish flavor and a delicate, delicate aroma. The meat of this breed is lean, the fat content in it is minimal. This breed is widely used in interbreeding to create crosses with higher meat productivity and wool quality

Reproduction The breed of zwartbles has a high number of offspring (from 120 to 230%). A sheep usually produces 3, less often up to 5 lambs. Okot passes easily due to the elongated form of the skull of a lamb and the wide pelvic bones of a sheep. The offspring are highly viable

Lambs are born in weight 3.6 – 4.3kg, and due to the high milkiness of the ewes (in milk which contains a high concentration of vitamins and minerals) and high (400-600g) daily average increments to 4 months in free grazing without the use of additional feed mixtures, from 35 to 40 kg, lambs up to 45 kg

Based on all of the above, we can conclude that sheep zwartbles have a number of differences, such as the features of the structure of the coat, the rapid increase in weight in young animals and not a bad meat production with a minimum content of fats in meat. This breed is characterized by an optimal ratio of the productivity of meat and wool.




The breed of sheep “Zwartbles”