Meat-Type Breeds

Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorset, Southdown, and Shropshire are some of the more common meat-type (or mutton) breeds, and they are best adapted to farm-flock production. Except for the Dorset, these are more restricted in their breeding season than fine-wool sheep. These breeds are commonly crossed with commercial white-faced ewes to produce market lambs.

Wool from these breeds lacks the fineness and often the length of staple found in fleeces from the fine- and medium-wool breeds. Quite often, wool from these breeds is discounted on the market because of poor purity (they contain black fibers).