- Nov 23, 2012
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- Southwest Virginia
What do y'all think about Lacaune or Awassi? I hear they have the highest butterfat percentage. But I could only find one source for the percentages so I don't know how true they are. I read Lacaune: 7.5% and Awassi 13%. I also read that east friesian have a very low butterfat but I also couldn't verify that because I heard from one source they have a 8% and 3% from another. Hard to find good information on sheep breeds I guess
It varies a LOT based on the lines of the stock. Higher yield for a longer period of time often means lower butterfat, hence why the highest producing East Friesians have lower BF (think Holstein/Friesian cattle, since they were developed in the same area).
Awassi is supposed to raise butterfat and hardiness of the EF. A lot of producers out west swear by them. I can't stand the way they can't tolerate wet conditions, nor those fat tails! And don't feel they add much.
Lacaune also raises butterfat without reducing yield, so that's why they're so popular in France. A shame we don't have many here.
I agree with @misfitmorgan, you should purchase sheep that are used to being milked. And you should purchase from lines that are going to be similar to what YOU personally want in your product.