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|The East Friesian Milk Sheep originated in the Friesland region which extends
along the North Sea coast westward from the
northeast of Germany along the north coast of
the Netherlands and south to the Belgium border.
Offshore is a fringe of islands which includes the
West Friesian Islands, belonging to the Dutch
and the East Friesian Islands, belonging to the
Germans and to the north, the North Friesian
Islands divided between Germany and Denmark.
All these breeds are similar in appearance:
polled, white wool and faces, ears and legs clean
of wool. They have a short, thin, free of wool tail.
The high prolificacy of the Friesians suggests a
link with the Finnish Landrace and the Romanov.
Both the Friesian cattle and East Friesen sheep, including the Holstein, which come from the same region, have the highest milk yield of any other breed of livestock. The Friesian litter size averages 2.25 lambs with a milk yield of 500 - 700 kg per lactation, testing 6 - 7% milk fat; the highest average dairy milk yield for any breed of sheep. The wool production is approx. 4.5 kg per ewe with a fineness of 50/56s, 48/50s. Their mature weight is between 150 to 200 lbs.