Texas Dall Sheep
We only have a small handful of these sheep, and they are quickly becoming my personal favourite as they remind me of the Alaskan/Yukon Dall. They have large bodies, stark white coats, and amber coloured horns that sweep wide make them very impressive. We hope to have more of these in the coming years and offer them for sale.
(Ovis sp.) Texas Dall were originated as a result of cross breeding of corsican and mouflan sheep. Two white lambs found by Bob Snow on the Y.O. Ranch in Texas initiated the white corsican or “Texas dall” breeding line.
Commonly bright white in color. Usually 3 to 8 inch mane on lower neck of males (thicker and longer in winter). Horns in males only that circle and turn outward at tips and are generally tan to light brown in color. Lengths typically 28 to 35 inches in adults. The males’ horns can weigh up to 30 lbs and can actually outweigh the rest of the bones in their bodies, combined. Females, called ewes, also have horns that are smaller. Texas dall males typically weigh between 130 and 160 lbs; females 80 to 100 lbs, ours mature males will weigh over 200lbs!
When mature, fight to determine dominance and hierarchy. Males very aggressive among one another. Rams butt heads vigorously. Form tight flock when disturbed and then flee as a group. Most active in the early and late hours of the day. Seek shelter amongst trees, in brush, and inside ravines during harsh weather conditions. Sun themselves on exposed slopes when cold and sunny, but not windy. Seek out hilltops to catch a breeze when hot. During warm weather, drink daily. Can go 2 to 3 days without water if conditions optimal.
Eat quantities of grasses and forbs. Also take some leaves when they can reach them or when they find them on the ground.
Breeding season occurs mainly from August to September with most births January to March. Females have a gestation period of 5 months, giving birth to 1 to 2 young. Twin births are common. Males mature at 1.5 years of age while females reach maturity as early as 7 months.
Keeping Texas Dalls
Often compatible with any other exotic as long as food is available at their feeding level. Need water daily during warm weather. Crossbreed freely with other sheep, producing fertile offspring. Typical 4 foot fencing is usually sufficient. Used by some landowners as a natural “lawnmower”.