Merino sheep


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Merino sheep

(mərē`nō), 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. Types A and B are strongly and moderately wrinkled, respectively; the C, or Delaine, type is much smoother, and has better combinations of wool and meat qualities. Merinos are white-faced with the rams horned and the ewes hornless.
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Estimates of (co)variance components and genetic parameters for body weights and first greasy fleece weight in Bharat Merino sheep. Animal, 4(3), 425-431.
Merino sheep are one of the world's oldest, and hardiest, breeds.
That is why the goal of this research is to analyze the reproductive function of Russian and foreign Merino sheep which was growing in southern Russia.
The emerging textile industry paid twice as much for a fleece from Merino sheep, a breed of imported from Spain in about 1810.
Featured in the show are prizewinning livestock from beef cattle and merino sheep to goats and horses, while animals you would not expect to see in the farmyard, like lizards and alpacas, are also included.
RJM: They are Merino sheep. It is a herd that exists and has been used for the procedure for the past 40 or 60 years.
The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between polymorphism of the MHC-DRB1/DQB1 gene and its resistance to Cystic Echinococcosis (C.E), as well as to screen out the molecular genetic marker of antiechinococcosis in Chinese Merino sheep. The MHCII-DRB1/DQB1 exon 2 was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from DNA samples of healthy and hydatidosis sheep.
(2005) analyzed performance data on Turkish Merino sheep and reported the heritability estimate for birth weight at birth as 0.08 which was quite low than the present study.
(2010), in Muzaffarnagari and Bharat Merino sheep, respectively, showed that the maternal permanent environmental effect after weaning may have acted as a carry-over effect of maternal influences.
Woolly warmth Merino wool comes off the back of one of the world's toughest animals, the merino sheep, which thrives in New Zealand's high country.
"The carcasses of 21,000 Australian merino sheep were piled so high they were falling from the trucks as they trundled along unsealed roads to the makeshift burial ground on the outskirts of Karachi," it said.
A day before the killing, Australian High Commissioner in Islamabad Peter Heyward even issued a statement that welcomed a settlement in which the Australian merino sheep would be processed after independent lab tests confirmed the animals are fit for human consumption.