Royal White® Sheep Association Official Site


Note:  When breeding your ewes have them in decent shape, not too fat or overweight, not underweight
either.  Make sure they have iodine via minerals or feed available during this period and during gestation.  
Make sure they have selenium available as well in selenium deficient geographical areas like the
Northeast.   Watch for ice storms this time of year and don't feed any moldy hay.  Encourage heavy bred
ewes to exercise to develop their lambing muscles, including first timers, versus hanging around and
laying around eating feed. Lack of excercise in colder months will enhance chances of prolapses when
heavy bred.  Be alert for predators during the colder months, they need food to keep warm as well and are
aggressive this time of year.
 Watch for freezing rains and winds during this cold winter, keep your sheep
body temperature up with roughage.  Watch lambs for freezing ears. Protect them from the wind, lambs
are prone to pneumonia in these conditions.  

Royal White®Sheep are of the hair class of ovine.  They were developed and selected  for high performance,  
adaptability, easy-care,  flocking ability, low stress, non- flighty and parasite resistance. They are all hair, highly
intelligent for sheep, and the ewes excel in mothering abilities and protection of their lambs.  Royals can breed
year around, thus allowing lamb production to meet specific markets when the producers want them to meet the
demands.  The lamb survivability is excellent, the ewes are height to weight proportionate for better lamb carrying
capacity , better browsing capabilities,  well sized udders off the ground and less lambing problems.  The rams
are protective and well off the ground to keep their lower body areas cooler from hot soil conditions that could
effect breeding performance in hotter climates..  Both sexes are polled. Royal White® sheep prefer routine,
flocking traits enable easier management by  producers and make rotational grazing more effective,  as they stay
close together while grazing versus going off  grazing in small groups..  Royals are somewhat docile, but not too
docile, they adapt well to new environments.
New born lambs show high glucose levels and Iga levels at 36H postpartum, per Texas Tech University, which
may be a factor in their high survival rates. Lambs grow fast and distribute muscle throughout the body.  Texas
AM DNA Core Facility discovered a new polymorphism in these sheep never previously found in sheep before.
Meat is tender and lean, 2.1 on the Bratzler Shear Force Instrument, per Texas Tech University. Figure 54% yield
at 109 pounds off of range type grazing.  The pelts are splittable and grade as garment quality leather.
Demand for these sheep seem to exceed supply  breeding stock and commercial demands as well as the
emerging ethnic markets. Hair sheep production has been on a steady rise for the past  50 years, due to
easy-care, no shearing needed ever, no docking, no crutching. People that are interested in raising Royal
White® sheep vary from cattle operators, goat producers, hog operators wanting to diversify, baby boomers
retiring, feedlot producers, and orchard growers.
.Hair is a hollow fiber, the mother ewes do clean up their new born lambs fast, faster then the wool-hair
this is relevant for multiple birth scenarios as time of clean up is crucial for better lamb survival.
The philosophy in developing the Royal White® was simple,  keep the animal pure with the best  positive traits in
them for continued performance and culling out undesirable traits.  Breeding up or upgrading from other breeds
wasn't part of the game plan. The traits are in them for the performance.   Many large retail purchasers of lamb in
the USA have over the years complained of inconsistency in the lamb meat for their consumers..  I figure infusing  
unintentional unwanted traits and potentially diluting good traits already in them is not the long  term answer.
Seen problems down the road like breeds that were capable of breeding out of season and were crossbred for
the show ring to make the offspring bigger, turned out the offspring were incapable of breeding out of season,
thus missing certain new emerging seasonal markets as one example, dilution of parasite resistance is another
example.   So we don't allow upgrading for registration purposes.  Consistency in performance is key.

We are always looking for a few dedicated  Royal White® hair sheep producers  Thanks for stopping by.

Regards and have a great year,

Bill Hoag

Royal White® is a registered trademark with the US Patent and Trademarks Office in Washington DC Registration #
2855985, Serial #782419946.  Goods and Services, living animals, namely a sheep.