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?