Bizet (sheep)

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Bizet sheep

The Bizet is a domesticated breed of sheep originating from France. It grows wool but is primarily raised for meat.[1] In 1952, the Bizet was introduced on the Kerguelen archipelago. It is utilized as food for the scientific station there.[2]

Characteristics[edit]

Rams have horns and ewes are polled (hornless). At maturity, rams grow to 80 cm (31 in) and ewes 75 cm (30 in) at the withers. On average, rams weigh 90 kg (200 lb) and ewes 55 kg (121 lb).[1] Ewes can lamb up to three times in two years.[3]

History[edit]

The breed was developed between 1830 and 1900 by crossing first with the Caussenards breed, then with the Southdown and Dishley English breeds. In 1905, steps were taken to start standardizing the breed.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bizet/France". Breed data sheet. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Southern Indian Ocean Islands tundra". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Bizet". Heritage Sheep Breeds. Retrieved 2009-05-18.