German Whiteheaded Mutton Sheep
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German Whiteheaded Mutton, or Deutsches WeibkopfigesrnFleischschaf,  was developed along thernNorth Sea coast in the middle of the last century. English Leicester, Cotswold,rnHampshire, and Oxfordshire were imported and crossbred with the localrnWilstermarschschaf, a northern German marsh sheep. Breeders succeeded inrnretaining the wanted qualities of the marsh sheep, such as high fecundity, fastrndevelopment, and large size. In the 1930's, a new breed, the German WhiteheadedrnMutton started to roam the grassy areas next to the North Sea.rnrn 

rnrnThey are the perfect breed to withstand the rough, damp searnclimate and suited for life on the dikes. The sheep fatten on the lush dikerngrass, pound down the earth and encourage new grass growth, thus helping tornstabilize the North Sea dikes which makes them resistant against storm floods.rnThe sheep need to be rugged and to protect them against the weather; they haverna long, rough fleece with a fiber diameter of 37 to 41 microns. The white wool,rnalso known as Eider wool, has a good crimp which is unusual for such roughrnwool.


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