Australian White sheep

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The Australian White is an Australian breed of meat sheep. It derives from selective breeding of White Dorper, Van Rooy, Poll Dorset and Texel sheep, with the aim of creating a large white sheep suited to Australian conditions, and with a self-shedding hair coat.

Australian White
a group of white sheep
Lambs aged 14 weeks
Country of originAustralia
StandardNational Australian White Sheep Society
Usemeat
Wool colourwhite
Young flock of ewe lambs
Flock in Mudgegonga, Victoria, Australia

History

Three breeders – Baringa, Highveld and Tattykeel - collaborated to create the breed.

In 2011 the Australian White sheep breed was shown at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the first time.[citation needed]

In 2019 the breed was introduced into the USA.

In 2022 an Australian White ram was sold for AU$240,000, thought to be a record price for a meat sheep.

References


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