Delaine Merino Sheep
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Several strains of Merinos evolved in the United States. Therntype "A" Merino was developed in Vermont through selection andrninbreeding. This Merino carries a very heavy, wrinkly hide. In form, the type Arnis angular and has little carcass value. It is not advocated for commercialrnlamb and wool production. The "B" type Merino was developedrnprincipally in Ohio, a result of breeders selecting for a heavy fleece on arnsheep that has a fair mutton form.

Its body is fairly free of wrinkles, but it carries heavyrnneck folds and frequently wrinkles or heavy folds behind the shoulders and onrnthe thighs and rear flanks. The type B is larger and better adapted to everydayrnconditions than the type A. The type "C" or Delaine Merino is thernmost practical Merino and is especially adapted to range sheep production inrnthe western and southwestern parts of the U.S.

Delaine Merino are medium size sheep. Mature ewes with fullrnfleece average from 125 to 180 pounds. Rams are larger ranging in weight fromrn175 to 235 pounds. The Delaine has a smooth body and is free of wrinkles. Inrnthe U.S., over 95 percent of Merinos are smooth or nearly smooth.

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