Royal White® Sheep Association Official Site
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 and the ewes excel
in mothering abilities and protection of their lamb. 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 potential , better browsing capabilities, and 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. Both sexes are polled. This hair breed is very intelligent for sheep. They prefer routine,
flocking traits enable easier management by the producers and make rotational grazing more effective, as they stay close
together while grazing versus going off grazing in small packs. 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. Teas AM DNA Core Facility discovered
some new polymorphisms 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 for both 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 crossbreds;
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 traits in them for continued
performance. 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 buyers. 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 showering to make the offspring bigger, turned out the offspring were incapable of breeding out of season, thus missing
certain new 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.
Note: This site is being updated
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.