The French breed of sheep prekos is considered one of the most beautiful and profitable breeds. Want to know what it is remarkable and what is special about it? Then we offer will get acquainted with our review!
Prekosy have a characteristic appearance for meat-wool breed - very thick wool and massive body. Rams are always much larger than females. The breed belongs to the Merino of French origin, namely, to the early ripening type of sheep, which are rapidly growing and gaining weight. In the direction of woolly prekosov attributed to fine-fleeced sheep. Their wool is considered one of the best in the world. The fiber is up to 7 cm in length and has a spiral non-uniform structure.
The prekosy from the time of their importation to Europe were divorced mainly in Ukraine (Transcarpathian region, Galicia). Subsequently, these sheep became very popular in Belarus, Russia, Udmurtia, Tatarstan and other countries. The breed is characterized by partial slaughter, about a quarter of the sheep can be horned, the rest are hornless. Because of endurance and unpretentiousness, prekos are brought out even in the most severe northern regions.
Representatives of this breed love hilly areas and spacious pastures. Hold together because they are quite shy. Uterus love their lambs very much, care for them and do not let go of them for a long time. The sheep's coat is sometimes heterogeneous, at the hind legs it is coarser and thinner. But with one ram you can get more than 15 kilograms of wool when shearing.
Meat Merino were bred in France. Prekos - the result of the crossing of English meat sheep and ramboule-merino. Historically, prekos began to exist since 1929 after the first registration of this breed in the stud book. As decades earlier, and now prekos dominate in sheep farms of Ukraine. They prefer to be kept for their beautiful, flexible nature and great output of meat and wool.
These sheep have a strong massive body with a powerful skeleton, which allows you to carry a large body weight. Wide, rounded torso and back, strong loins and hind legs. The front and back legs are not too shaggy, the head is partially covered with hair (except for the front part of the muzzle). Body color is predominantly dark gray, milky, off-white, legs are almost always white. Rams weigh about 120 kg, and sheep weigh up to 70 kg.
The limbs are covered with hair only up to the hock. The setting of the legs of the animal is wide, because of which the sheep seems massive and strong. The tail is short, also covered with hair. Ears are small, not hairy. The length of the hair on the body of a sheep is about 8 cm. The newborn lamb is covered with an even layer of short wool, which thickens as it grows. The weight of the baby in six months can reach 40 kg.
Reproduction and offspring
Both purebred prekos sheep and new subtypes (the offspring from crossing with other breeds) belong to meat and wool breeds. The offspring is born active and quickly increases weight. On average, one lamb feeds up to 5 kg of feed per 1 kg of weight per day. Already from 8 months the lamb gives a gain of 350 grams per day. Lambs are born in spring and are jealously preserved by their womb, because their maternal instinct is very developed.
With favorable content and good nutrition, the yield of meat from prekos is higher than that of other fine-fleeced sheep. Previously breeding is unfavorable for this breed, since there is a high risk of giving birth to weak lambs.