About Zwartbles Sheep
Zwartbles sheep are from the Friesland region of the north
Netherlands. They are primarily used for the production of sheep milk as well
as lamb and mutton. They are known for being docile and friendly, and they are
also prolific milkers and are excellent mothers.
|Photo source: National Sheep Association|
Zwartble sheep have a distinct appearance; they have a black/brown fleece,
a white blaze on the face, 2 - 4 white socks, and a white tail tip (which is
traditionally left undocked). Both rams and ewes are polled. They are
relatively large sheep: ewes weigh an average of 85 kg (187lb), and rams 100 kg
They have dense fleece that ranges from black to brown with sun bleached
tips, some silvering maybe present in older animals. Their wool is medium to
fine with excellent crimp and fiber length. They have a Bradford count of 54-56
and a micron count of 27 which makes them popular for spinning and felting.