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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Perendale Sheep: Which Ewe Are You?

I took the "Which Ewe Are You?" online quiz and found out that I'm a Perendale. Since I didn't know much about the breed I did some reading.

The Perendale is a dual-purpose sheep developed in New Zealand in the 1950s by crossing Romneys with Cheviots. It grows quickly, can thrive in many different environments, is a prolific breeder, and the ewes are good mothers who typcially need no help during lambing. It is a very popular breed in New Zealand but harder to find in America. Read more about the breed here.

Perendale wool has an average staple length of 5" making it a longwool breed. The wool varies in fineness from 28 to 40 microns, in other words, soft to Brillo. If you buy a Perendale fleece sight unseen (and untouched) be sure you're buying from a breeder who selects for wool as well as meat.

So, which ewe are YOU?


  1. What a cute quiz! I gotta post this on my own blog. I came up as a Najavo-Churro. Maybe that's my cue to go buy a Najavo-Churro fleece and spin it up!

    I have really enjoyed visiting your blog today.


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  2. Hmmm... I'm Shropshire. I've never even heard of it, but it better be good. :P


    P.S. Hello! I don't know if I've ever commented, but I've been reading for a while.

  3. I'm a Shropshire.

    The blurb says it's the oldest pedigree breed (I like that), but it also says their fiber is used as filler (I don't think I like that!)

  4. Kris, I'm also a Perendale. Where on earth did you find this fiber quiz? It's great! Hope

  5. My friend Kerry sent it to me. She's a Finn :-)