The Ile de France was developed in 1832 in the Ile de France region around Paris by crossing Dishley Leicester
rams on Merino ewes, 50 years of cross-breeding resulted in a stable breed now known as the Ile de France. This versatile heavy muscled
breed was developed to produce a premium lamb carcass and performance testing began in 1933.
Used throughout Europe, the Ile
de France has proven to impart superior growth and carcass quality to offspring in a variety of crossbreeding and production systems. Ile de France sired lambs are capable of finishing on pasture or all forage diets even in the Northern United States. Newborn
lambs are quick to get up, and lambs imprint strongly onto the dam, resulting in lower newborn mortality.
Avg. Lambing percentage:
Avg. ram weight: 290 lbs.
Avg. ewe weight: 180 lbs.
- Close wool
- 3” staple length
- Count 50’s – 60’s (25 – 30 Microns)
USA- No breed organization to date
UK- Ile de France Society
French Ile de France Breeders’ Association
While not thought of as one of the traditional UK breeds of terminal sires utilized in the 3-tier breeding system:
The Ile de France offers to the US sheep producer a viable & available terminal type sire which has been selected for his grass
based genetics. Thus we have included information on the IDF for your consideration.