500 ewes,

whose 215 in monitored performance recording


Maternal qualities


Prolificacy : 2.95
Average weight at 30 days of a male lamb, born a twin : 9,5 kg

Meat qualities


Average weight of rams : 85 kg
Average weight of ewes : 60 to 70 kg

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Origins and natural aptitudes

The Finn or Finnsheep  is one of the most prolific breeds in the world : it’s rate of prolificacy is on average 280%, some bloodlines reaching 300%. It’s a breed where the females, naturally fertile all year round, can lamb from one year of age upwards. It is a white sheep, lacking distinctive physical features which might deter crossbreeding, but passing on its purebred strengths to the F1 progeny.

Origins and natural aptitudes
Breeding programme

Breeding programme

Large scale crossbreeding :  The organisation of the crossbreeding of the FINN breed has much in common with the ROMANOV. The females of these two breeds are served by a ram from a meat breed and the progeny are all fattened for the meat trade. This technique means that lambs of a reasonable conformation can be produced whilst retaining a profitable level of productivity. The resulting meat weight produced per ewe per year is high.

Crossbreeding in two stages: The first stage is to produce a crossbred female with better conformation than the purebred Finn (or ROMANOV)  and more prolific than the local breed. This half breed female F1 can be obtained :
- either by crossing the FINN (or ROMANOV) ewe with a local breed of ram ; this way the « F1 » can be produced quicker.
- or from the male FINN (or ROMANOV) with a ewe of a local breed.

At the second stage, the « F1 » females produced, are put to a ram of a meat breed with the aim of producing fat lambs « F2 » for the meat trade. The carcass weight of « F2 » lambs is generally between 17 and 19 kg,  graded U and R on the EUROP grid table. This two staged cross breeding is the system used most widely with prolific breeds.