Rambouillet sheep


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Rambouillet sheep

(răm`bo͝olā'), fine-wool breed developed in France from the Spanish Merino sheepMerino sheep
, breed intermediate in body size having fine wool, developed in Spain. These sheep are noted for their hardiness and their herding instincts and have been used as parents of several other breeds, notably the Rambouillet of France. Three strains have been developed.
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. It has become very popular in the United States and is the foundation of most of the Western range flocks. Intermediate to large in size, Rambouillets are the largest and strongest of the fine-wool sheep; the rams are horned, the ewes hornless. Besides being valued for their high-quality wool, Rambouillets are also good meat animals. The ewes are bred extensively on the range to coarser-wooled rams, especially of the Hampshire and Suffolk breeds.
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