Delaine Merino

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The Delaine Merino is a type of Merino sheep predominant in North America. It has fewer skin wrinkles than some types of Merino, but still has a fine, oily fleece that extends through the legs. They are hardy and long–lived, with an ability to thrive on the arid ranges of the Southwest United States.[1] This breed originated in the United States and is raised primarily for wool production.[2]

Delaine has become a most practical Merino sheep on the average farm and is especially adapted to range sheep production in the Western and Southwestern states. They are found throughout the United States at all altitudes.[3]


  1. ^ Simmons, Paula; Carol Ekarius (2001). Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-58017-262-2. 
  2. ^ "Delaine Merino/United States of America". Breed Data Sheet. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Delaine". Breeds of Livestock. Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Animal Science. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 

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