Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science
Breeds of Livestock - Bentheimer Landschaf Sheep
Also Known By: Landrace of Bentheim
This member of the heath-sheep landrace is a cross between German and Dutch heath sheep and a marshsheep. Since 1934 it has been bred in the northern German Emsland area, especially in the county of Bentheim. The highly endangered, frugal Bentheimer Landschaf is used for landscape preservation.
It is the largest of the German heath- and- moor sheep with long legs and hard hoofs. A slender, long head, Roman nose, small ears, no horns, long and woolly tail, describe the sheep. The sheep is white, but dark pigmentation is permitted around the eyes, on the ears and on its legs. Fleece weight is 3- 4 kg, with a fiber diameter of 34- 40 microns.
Rams weigh 75- 80 kg, ewes weigh 50- 60 kg.
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