Origin and diversity of North European sheep breeds
Norwegian Grey Troender sheep, (25)
Norwegian grey Troender sheep is named after the region, Troendelag,
where it has mainly been raised. The breed originates from Tauter sheep
(now extinct) and Feral sheep in Norway in the late 1800´s. The sheep
are most commonly grey (80 %) with white spots under the eyes, but
brown, black, and white colours do occur. Both rams and ewes are polled
with half long or variable length tails. The wool is uniform with mean
fibre diameter of 32.3
microns and 2 -3 kg greasy fleece weight. The wool was traditionally
used for handicraft. The pelts were used for woolskin rugs. Adult live
weight of ewes is 70-80 kg. The mean litter size is 1.8 lambs born.
Lambs are slaughtered at 6 months age (30-40 kg live weight). The
carcasses fall into grades R and O in the EUROP classification system.
The present population numbers only around 50 sheep is but increasing
Local name: Grå