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The Cormo Sheep was developed in Tasmania by I.K. Downie.Mr. Downie crossed Corriedale Rams with 1200 carefully selected superfine Saxon Merino Ewes.

The original selection criteria included: high, clean fleece weight; fiber diameter of 17-23; fast body growth rate and a high rate of fertility.  The result- 1/4 Lincoln, 1/4 Australian Merino, and 1/2 superfine Saxon Merino.


Cormo wool is fast becoming one of the best wool producing breeds in the sheep industry today.


Cormo selling points do not end with their wool quality.

Cormo are considered easy keepers; they are somewhat smaller than many breeds and therefore require 40% less feed then larger breeds.

They are rugged animals, able to thrive in the harsh climate of eastern Montana, the humidity of the East Coast the wetness of the Northwest, and the heat of the Southwest.

Lambing is easy and multiple births are not uncommon. In an assisted lambing situation lambing crops can be as high as 150-180%. 
Mothering instincts, lack of wool blindness, and a high muscle to bone ratio is also notable in the breed.

Source: The American Cormo Sheep Association.



Cormo Sheep Associations


Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Natural Colored Wool Growers Association
www.ncwga.org
Since 1977 the purpose of NCWGA has been to assist members in the development and promotion of naturally-colored sheep and their wool. NCWGA can accomplish this by offering a number of services to members. These services include programs to support breeders of colored sheep, to support sheep shows which allow colored sheep, and to support the judges of those shows. 

The Cormo Sheep Conservation Registry, Inc
www.cormosheep.org
The Cormo Sheep Conservation Registry, Inc. is a non-profit organization with the following purposes:

1) to encourage the conservation of the Cormo Sheep breed in the U.S. and to work with other conservation organizations to obtain a census of the remaining Cormo Sheep in the U.S.

2) to provide educational opportunities and educational materials to promote the conservation of the Cormo Sheep breed.

3) to maintain a registry for Cormo Sheep and issue Certificates of Registry.

4) to provide support for scientific research in sheep genetics
and management.

5) to provide support to 4H and Future Farmers of America
sheep projects.

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