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Swifter   EFABIS Data

 

International Name

Swifter

Local Name

Swifter

Location

Nationwide

Breeding females

(year)

12,000

Trend of population size

Stable

Flock book established

 

 

Origin history

The Swifter is a relatively new breed. It is a composite of local Flemish breeds and Texel created some decades ago by Wageningen Agricultural University to improve the productivity of the Dutch sheep. All necessary traits for a productive sheep are combined in one breed. Those traits are:
good fertility
long mating season
high milk yield
good slaughter quality

 

Breed description

The Swifter are good meat and wool producers. The Swifter is white and polled. Swifter produce on average 2.5 lambs per litter. 80% of all yearlings produce 2 or more lambs. On average, all ewes lamb at an age of 1 year. Lambing usually occurs without problems. Crossing a Swifter ewe with a Charollais, Suffolk or Texel ram results in good, fast growing lambs for meat production.

 

Conservation activities

Conservation measures currently involve 2 flocks with 8 reproducing males providing semen for artificial insemination.
Cryopreservation of semen: 3,145 doses (of 42 rams)
 

Contact:

Name: Swifter Schapenstamboek:
Contact person: A.J.E. Bosgoed
Address: Melkleenweg 7
Postal code and city: 7396 BT Terwolde
Country: The Netherlands
Email: info@swifter.nl 
Website: www.swifter.nl  (in Dutch only)
 

Action Heritage Sheep AGRI GEN RES 040 receives financial support from the European Commission, Genetic Resources in Agriculture, under European Commission Council Regulation (EC) No 870/2004 AGRI GEN RES 2006 HERITAGE SHEEP