Other Breeds

One breed with potential for use in accelerated sheep-production management systems is the Finnish Landrace. The greatest and perhaps only contribution of this breed is its reproductive capability and early maturity. Finnish Landrace are small, white-faced sheep that produce little wool. Additionally, the carcass quality of this breed is somewhat below standard. Finnish Landrace are used in crossbreeding programs to increase lamb crop percentages and to initiate out-of-season lambing.

The Polypay is sheep breed developed at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho. The breed was developed from Finnish Landrace, Dorset, Targhee, and Rambouillet to optimize reproductive efficiency while maintaining growth and carcass quality.