Ewe and Friend courtesy of Unicorner Farm – Bob and Debbi Brown

Tunis is one of the oldest breeds of sheep, it is thought that  they are descended from the fat-tailed sheep written about in the Bible. They originate in Tunisia on the norther coast of Africa.

 

Tunis in Summer thanks to Dale Huhnke

The earliest know importation to the U.S. was in the 1700′s a gift of Tunis Sheep given to Judge Richard Peters of Pennsylvania by the ruler of Tunisia. After importation people began crossing Tunis with other european meat breeds to improve the breed. This breed was favored by famous americans such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson,  and George Washington.

 

Newborn lambs by Katlin Wiest

Tunis are a medium sized , polled sheep with cream colored wool and cinnamon red  face and legs. The lambs are hearty at birth and have a warm red double coat.  The creamy white fleece appears as the lamb gets older. The wool is lustrous and long stapled.  Tunis ewes are awesome  milkers and have been used in sheep dairies.  Tunis are known to breed out of season, which makes them valuable for fall lambing. They are known for disease resistance and the ability to tolerate both warm and cold climates.

Tunis Twins from Unicorner Farm thanks to Bob and Debbie Brown

 

Information from Wikipedia, Oklahoma State University, and the National Tunis Sheep Registry Inc.

 

 

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