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the Zwartbles Sheep is a breed of domestic sheep originating in the Friesland region of the north Netherlands. There it was the Animal primarily used for the production of sheep milk as well as lamb and mutton. sheep lwp. They were often kept alongside dairy cattle herds. Traditionally used for both milk and meat in the Netherlands, they declined significantly in use until listed as critically rare by the Dutch Rare Breed Survival trust in the mid-1970s. Netherland Sheep live wallpaper. The first Zwartbles were imported to the United Kingdom in the early 1990s. Zwartbles are now mainly used to produce breeding stock, meat and wool furry. Being from a cold, wet, windy area of the Netherlands, the breed has easily adapted to the UK climate and can thrive at various altitudes.
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The history of the Zwartbles as a sheep breed starts in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It is thought that the Zwartbles breed is descended from a relatively large breed of sheep called the Schoonebeker which grazed the heathlands of North East Holland dutch. It gets its name from a place called Schoonebeek in the province of Drenthe. white sheep live wallpaper. The Schoonebeker lambs were at the time walked to the livestock market in Norg where they were sold as store lambs to farmers from Northern Friesland who used them to fertilise their pastures while fattening. This practice declined when commercial fertilisers became available and the Schoonebeker lamb trade crashed resulting in the Schoonebeker becoming an extremely rare breed.
Some of the store lambs sold had badger face markings that resemble the modern day Zwartbles sheep, and if you look at the pictures of the Schoonebeker you can see the resemblance including the slight roman noses, long neck and erect posture. A number of Friesian Farm farmers decided to line breed these “Zwartbles “ Schoonebeker sheep and with some influence from Friesian Milk sheep and Texel’s the modern day Zwartbles was developed. Interestingly in the early years the Zwartbles was sometimes referred to as the “improved Schoonebeker”