History of the breed

The pa190125breed is known in France as The Rouge de L’Ouest (usually shortened to Rouge) which translates as “The Red of the West”, describing both the skin colour and origin of the sheep.

  • The Rouge breed originates mainly from the Loire area in France.
  • Renowned for its rich thick milk the Rouge was originally kept as a dairy sheep producing the famous Camembert cheeses.
  • French breeders however concentrated on breeding their animals for superior conformation, whilst retaining prolificacy and milkiness; and these attributes, rarely seen together in one animal, were the primary reason for the breed’s introduction to the British Isles.

Why Choose Rouge for breeding stock:

  • Easily born – lively lambs which get up and start suckling quickly
  • Maternal prolific and highly milky ewes
  • They provide top quality flock replacements
  • Excellent medium sized terminal sires

Why Choose Rouge for stock to produce meat:

  • Top confirmation with great length of loin and overall muscling
  • Meat in all the right places with an extremely high meat to bone ratio

Good grading carcasses with the potential to reach 20+ kg at 100 days

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