German Merino Sheep
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German Merino sheep have a large frame, a straight head with arnsmall woolly tuft on top, no horns, and rough, large ears that stick out to thernside, with legs free of wool.

rnrnrnrnIn the 18th century, Southern German Landsheep were crossed withrnFrench and Spanish Merinos, which produced the German Merino, or Merinolandschaf.rnThey are the most common sheep breed in Germany today, at 40% of the totalrnGerman sheep population.

rnrnGerman Merino were developed from the dual- coated Zaupelschaf,rnwhich already in 1539 was not liked because it produced inferior wool. For thatrnreason it was crossed with the Marschschaf from the Lower Rhine. This sheep wasrnlarge, prolific, and could march, and its wool had a fiber diameter of 33 to 36rnmicrons. Later, Merino wool sheep from Spain and France were used to improvernthe wool quality. 

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