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 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 showring 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.
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.