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Part XIX : Colonizing and Populating Habitats :
COLONIZING AND POPULATING HABITATS
Sheep Breeding : The Limousine breed and the Suffolk breed
The Limousine breed is a sheep which can live in harsh conditions where the food that it grazes is poor in quality. It is usually reared by farmers in mountainous regions. The females (ewes) of the Limousine breed can give birth to their lambs at any time between the months of September and June. The ewes are also very good mothers; they look after their lambs carefully in the difficult mountain climate.
The Suffolk breed is easy to recognize with its black head. It is a sheep which needs a rich pasture, so it is normally reared in the lowlands. The lambs grow very quickly but they are not very robust. The ewes give birth mainly in the months of February and March.
What would happen if we breed these two types of sheep together? The sheep produced in this way are called Suffolk X Limousine hybrids. A hybrid is the offspring produced when we breed together two different breeds of animal or plant You can see from the picture that the Suffolk Limousine hybrid looks a bit like both of it, parents. The head is not completely black, like the Suffolk parent, nor is the head completely white like the Limousine parent.
Suffolk X Limousine hybrids
What is more important to the farmer is that the Suffolk X Limousine hybrid lambs grow quite quickly even when the grazing is of poor quality. It is often true that hybrids like this one show the best characteristics of both parents.
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