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 History of the Tunis Sheep


American FlagThe Tunis Sheep is a distinctive American breed fashioned from, what most accounts describe as “fat-tailed,”  and “Barbary,” sheep imported from North Africa and the Middle East in 1799.  They are often linked to prominent American colonists including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Judge Richard Peters.   Eventually, in reference to their geographic origin (Tunisia), these sheep became known as Tunis.

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Tunis Sheep quickly became favored for the flavor of their meat and their tolerance of heat and humidity.  They were soon strongly entrenched in the mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast.  Tunis Sheep were the primary breed of sheep in the Southern States until the Civil War wiped out substantial numbers.  While still on the ALBC watch list, Tunis Sheep have been re-establish in all parts of the continental U.S. with breeders in 42 states.  Strangely enough 3 of the states lacking breeders are Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in the Southeast where Tunis were once king.


Characteristics of the Tunis Sheep
 Brown Arrow CurlyStunning red color
 Brown Arrow CurlyFeed efficiency
 Brown Arrow CurlyCreamy white wool
 Brown Arrow CurlyLong lives
 Brown Arrow CurlyEasy birthing
 Brown Arrow CurlyHigh rate of twinning
 Brown Arrow CurlyExcellent mothering
 Brown Arrow CurlyHeavy milking
 Brown Arrow CurlyDocile temperament
 Brown Arrow CurlyHigh carcass yields
 Brown Arrow CurlyFine flavor
 Brown Arrow CurlyExtended season
 Brown Arrow CurlyHeat tolerance and vigor
 Brown Arrow CurlyTunis sheep have a lot to offer!