Sheep breeding in the United States has a long and progressive tradition of breed development and genetic improvement. Seedstock producers breed some of the finest, most genetically superior sheep available. There are 47 breeds and types of sheep in the U.S. with several breeds having originated in this country.
U.S. sheep breeds provide a diverse range of performance for growth, carcass merit, reproduction, milk and wool characteristics. This genetic variability can be used to optimize production under varying climatic conditions.
There are six different types of breeds in the U.S. They are: meat breeds, fine wool breeds, long wool breeds, dual purpose breeds, hair and double-coated breeds and minor breeds. This section provides detailed information on each breed.