About Santa Ines Sheep
Santa Ines is a breed of hair sheep found in Brazil. They
are generally thought to be a cross of Morada Nova, a course-wooled Italian
breed, Bergamasca, and a native coarse-wooled Crioula, followed by a period of
selection or evolution for absence of fleece. Colors range from red, black and
white and can be spotted or solid. They have large bodies, are long-legged and
have large pendulous ears and are polled.
Rams do not have a throat ruff. They have a low litter size
of 1.25. Mature weights of the ewes in the field fall between 40 and 50 kg. (88
to 110 lbs.), and if well fed, the rams can weigh as much as 100 kg (220 lbs).