A Heritage Breed and MORE!
NEW MEXICAN DAHL SHEEP
New Mexico Dahl sheep appeal to both the meat and hunting industries, sporting trophy
size horns on large muscular bodies. These sheep are described as never shear,
white in color, with both ewes and rams horned, ewes’ horns averaging length around
six to nine inches, mature rams horns averaging between thirty and forty inches. They
are excellent flockers, with high lamb survivability.
Majestic Rams quickly grow long beautiful horns with massive horn bases. Their
average weight ranges between 200 and 275 pounds, roughly 50 to 100% increase in
size over other horned hair breeds.
The ewes are excellent mothers that are prolific and year-round breeders. They do well
in feedlots or on the range. They are being bred selectively to include these good
qualities as well as their frequency of multiple births.
New Mexico Dahl sheep are being selectively bred to increase horn growth, meat, and
hardiness while maintaining the shedding ability.
In January 2013, the United Horned Hair Sheep Association, Inc., a non-profit
organization representing horned hair sheep, voted to recognize and represent the New
Mexico Dahl Sheep. CLICK HERE for the UHHSA website which contains breed
standards and registration requirements for New Mexico Dahl Sheep.
In March 2013, the New Mexico House of Representatives in House Memorial 77, voted
to recognize the New Mexico Dahl Sheep as a heritage breed. CLICK HERE for the full
text of the House Memorial 77, 2013.
New Mexico Dahl Sheep
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New Mexico Dahl Sheep
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New Mexico Dahl Ewe
2007 Spring NM Dahl Ewe Lambs
Young NM Dahl Ewes
NM Dahl Ram
photo courtesy Rafter SB, New Lebanon, OH
NM Dahl Ewe Lambs - 6 to 9 Months Old
NM Dahl Yearling Ewes with lamb
NM Dahl & Onate 2 Year Old Rams
NM Onate Ewe and Ram Lamb
NM Onate 2 Year Old Rams
New Mexico Dahl rams 18 - 22 months old
New Mexico Dahl
lambs. To the
right is a ewe
with a single
lamb, below in
the two pictures
is a ewe with