Rambouillet The Rambouillet is also known as the Rambouillet Merino or the French Merino. The development of the Rambouillet breed started in 1786 when the French government either purchased or Louis XVI received a gift of over three hundred Spanish Merinos (318 ewes, 41 rams, 7 wethers) from Lousi XVI cousin, the King of Spain. The flock was subsequently developed on an experimental royal farm at a place known as Rambouillet, not far from Paris. The flock was cultivated by the government with no sheep being sold for many years.
Out-crossing with English long-wool breeds and selection, produced a well-defined breed, differing in several important points from the original Spanish merino. The size was greater with full grown ewes weighing up to two hundred pounds and rams up to three hundred pounds, live weight. The wool clips were larger and the wool length had increased to greater than three inches.
In 1889 the Rambouillet Association was formed in the United States with the aim of preserving the breed. It has been estimated that 50% of the sheep on the US western ranges are of Rambouillet blood. Stud has also had an enormous influence on the development of the Australian Merino industry though Emperor and the Peppin Merino stud.
The fleece was valuable in the manufacture of cloth, at times being woven in a mixed fabric of cotton warp and wool weft, known as delaines.
The breed is well known for its wool, but also for its meat, both lamb and mutton. It has been described as a dual-purpose breed, with superior wool and near-mutton breed characteristics. In India, Rambouillet sheep breeds are available with Somanahalli Sheep Breeding Farm,
Somanahalli, Off Kanakapura Main Road, Bangalore South.
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