The 10 most popular sheep breeds are:
It is the sheep breed, which remains popular for its quality wool. It produces a premium quality fine sheep fleece, which is highly demanded all over the world. The hand-spun obtained from merino is used in making clothes for babies, shawls and other warm accessories. However, it cannot be used in daily wear. It is sensitive to handle, so only the experienced weavers tend to purchase this high quality wool. If you have it as your livestock, you can earn a lot.
Wool sheep breeds:
2: Leicester Long-wool Sheep
With the origin from Britain, these medium to large sized, curly hair sheep is known for its quality carcass. Not only this, but it is also valued for its skin by the weavers. It is considered as “rare” in many parts of the world – but, farmers are trying to form newer breeds out of this breed because it is valuable for human use. Approximately, they are around 2000 in the world today.
3: Lincoln sheep:
This sheep remains popular worldwide and weights between 260 to 350 pounds. It is popular for its lovely and finest wool and fleece, which is demanded all over the world for weaving and designing.
Different breeds of sheep (meat)
4: Dorset sheep:
It belongs to the category of sheep that produces delicious meat. It is popular among the domestic sheep farming and can be found easily in major states of the US. The sheep has an amazing milk producing and meat giving ability – it even has a faster breeding ability. This is among the most popular white face sheep in the world and has a huge presence all over the globe. Suffolk sheep, however, retains the strongest position in terms of presence over the world.
5: Dorper sheep
Belonging to arid climatic condition, this breed has the ability to adjust to varying seasonal changes. It is highly popular in western regions. The body has a good combination of hair and wool and they vary from medium to large size. It produces delicious mutton, which sells like hot cakes in the market. The wool is even used by the weavers for producing clothes and other stuff.
6: Hampshire sheep:
Known for its excellent and delicious mutton, the sheep has medium wool,dark faced and hornless breed. They are medium sized, quickly growing breed. This breed is a result of cross culture, and that is the reason for its varying skin tone.
7: Suffolk sheep:
Those who are interested in having the best type of meat-type sheep breed must go for Suffolk sheep. They contain medium wool with black legs and face. This is among the largest rowing breed, which offers tasty mutton.
Hair sheep breeds:
8:American Black Bellied/Barbados:
This kind of sheep is used for hunting, hair and beautiful horns. The meat is lean and lacks muttonly flavored as other wool breeds have that is good for people who dislike strong mutton smell. Some of the hair sheep breeds are obtained by mating the cross-cultural breeds like Jacob sheep, Merino and Rambouillet. Other popular hair breed includes:
- Painted Desert sheep
- Black Hawaiians
- Texas Dallas
9: Jacob sheep:
With impressive horns, dotted monochrome body and face, this sheep remains popular for its beauty, skin and appeal. They lack the outer coat and have a thinner, fine fleece. They are highly used for hides and wool.
10: East Friesian:
This is the most common and productive breed of sheep which is known for its quality milk in the world. On average, it produces around 990 to 1,100 pounds per 220 to 240-day.