Sheep breeds in Kenya

Sheep breeds are classified as

1. Exotic wool sheep

2. Fine wool e.g. Merino

  • Medium wool breeds e.g. Corriedale, Hampshire, Suffolk, Dorset Horn
  • Improved hair sheep

3. Indigenous hair sheep

  • Thin tailed
  • Fat tailed e.g. Maasai sheep (Red Masai)
  • Fat rumped e.g. Blackhead Persian, Somali sheep

 

Merino

Merino originated from Africa but was developed in Spain then spread to other parts of the world. Merino is important for fine wool production in range areas because of their hardiness, excellent flocking instinct and efficiency in utilization of low quality forage.Merino sheep

Although pure breeding is still done, cross breeds with dorpers and hampshires has offsprings with fast growth rates and quality mutton. The offsprings are ready for the market in 5 – 6 months.

 

 

 

Corriedale

This was developed from Lincoln and Merino in Australia and is known for long wool and Merino fine wool. It is a dual sheep important for both mutton and wool capable of competitively producing both at a ratio of 50:50.Corriedale sheep

They are hardy and can survive in semi arid areas. The dam breed is very fertile producing enough milk for the young ones and has good temperament. However breeding should be guarded against kempy fibre on the head and shoulders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southdown

They are the smallest and oldest of the medium breeds. They give quality wool and provide fat lamb. They have a fast growth rate and can afford to lamb at weaning.  Southdown sheepThey are also highly prolific with about 125 – 150% lambing rate. But the very small body size limits the final weight of fat lambs and the fleece produced is light.

Because of their size cross breeding is not encouraged and the breed is dying in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

Hampshire down

This is the largest of the medium sized breeds after Suffolk. It has high growth rate with an average size of 80Kg. they are also quite prolific at 125 – 150% lambing rates.Hampshire down

The breed is good for cross breeding for upgrading purposes. The sire is very fertile, aggressive and big in size making them the most important sire breeds. But conformation is limiting by the heavy shoulders at the front quarters tapering towards the rear quarters. Wool quality is low with dark and black fibres in the face and neck.

 

 

 

 

 

Romney marsh

The breed was developed for wool and mutton. The wool produced is long and coarse therefore of low quality and the mutton and fat lambs are also of poor quality.Romney marsh

Romney marsh can survive in marshy and wet areas because of their resistance to foot rot. The hooves are black and very hard making it difficult for pathogens to enter. They are efficient utilizers of pastures but the meat is delicate as it tends to retain tainting from pastures. Their cool temperament makes them easy to handle.

 

 

 

 

Dorper

The breed was developed from a cross between black head Persian and Dorset Horn. By 1950 the first consignment of Dorper had arrived in Katumani Research Station. Rams were sold to Eastern Province.Dorper

This is an improved hair sheep and it is important for mutton in marginal areas. They are hardy and produce quality meat. They have a faster growth rate and fertility compared to the indigenous.

One limitations of the breed is the deposition of too much subcutaneous fat. The Red Masai is also an improved hair sheep used to cross breed with the Dorper.

 

 

 

Red Masai

The breed is popular in south west Kenya and north Tanzania. They are important for mutton in marginal areas because they are hardy. The coat color is distinguished.Red Maasai sheep

They are good milkers and have high fertility. The size has large variations. Areas that need improvements in crossbreeding are size, fertility, fat distribution from the tail and behind the neck and growth rate.

 

 

 

 

 

Somali sheep

Somali sheep

 

 

They are fat ramped mainly found in Somali, North Eastern Province of Kenya and Sudan. They are hardy; the skin quality is higher than other indigenous hair sheep and is important for mutton production.


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paul
+1 # paul 2011-10-25 06:59
very important information for our farmers
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Joseph Guama
0 # Joseph Guama 2011-11-12 15:20
Very informative esp. for someone who plans to go into commercial sheep farming/breeding.
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NJERI
0 # NJERI 2012-07-16 11:14
am a hampshire down breeder based in dundori-kenya .for people interested in purchasing this breed please feel free to contact us on solomon 0715693143 /david 0721677033
Email:.

we are also interested in meeting other hampshire down breeders.

thanks Mucemi Farm
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sarah
0 # sarah 2014-09-12 15:23
we also have Hampshire down sheep in south Africa
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sarah
-2 # sarah 2014-09-12 15:24
we also have hamphire downs sheep in Johannesburg
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gachoka
+1 # gachoka 2012-08-19 12:22
Very intresting in commercial breeding of dorper, red masai sheep and hampshire sheep. Please advice on how i can get them.
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gachoka
0 # gachoka 2012-08-19 12:25
am intrested in commercial farming of dorper, masai sheep and hampshire. Please advice on how or where i can get the pure breed or a good cross breed.

Kind regards 0736866768
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imagebrella creative concepts
+1 # imagebrella creative concepts 2012-08-20 11:11
hi Gachoka,
thanks for expressing your interest on sheep raring.we are hampshire down breeders based in dundori-rift valley area and would be interested in selling the breed to you .we are currently conducting our end of year reconcilations but please feel free to contact us to schedule a visit to our farm,any time from 1st sept 2012 -we hope to do business with you and help you in your pursuit to sheep farm

thanks in advance
njeri mwangi
0722 361 116
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joseph mathenge
+1 # joseph mathenge 2012-09-01 12:49
I am looking for a mature hampshire bull ready for breeding but not old. what are the prices? from our experience between the dorper and hampshire which has better sale valu for meat?

called your number you did not pick
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john Gitonga
0 # john Gitonga 2014-04-23 10:29
Kindly let me know if you still have the sheeps for sale and quote prices for pure breeed. from passenga.
thanks in advance.
John-072265137




Quoting muigai:
I am interested in sheep breeds from south africa especially from dormer sheep breeders or Ile De France breeders. Do they export lambs and can you be able to provide. Please reply via email

Quoting Riaan Joubert:
I have semen available from top quality South African Dorper rams - to swop for semen from Red Maasai rams. I will be able to arrange for a vet to collect the semen, if you can offer me the opportunity. Also willing to buy Red Maasai semen and/ or embryos. Can anyone please assist? Thanks.
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walchli
0 # walchli 2014-07-27 20:41
Good Evening,

I need 1 healthy ewe and 1 ram about 5-month old. preference for milk producers and mid-size. If you have for sale, kindly advise price and location. I am in Runda/ Nairobi
Regards,
Walchli
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Wycliffe
-1 # Wycliffe 2012-09-14 18:13
I am looking for pure dorper-breed rams.If there is anywhere you can recommend me to get them or if there is a farm rearing the same, i would be very grateful if you can inform me.

Regards!
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John Kago
0 # John Kago 2012-09-18 11:50
I require a Dorper and Hampshire rams for improving my breeds am based in Dagoretti area in Nairobi.Would be gratefull to aquire the same from anyone who is closeby
John.
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pascal mayende
+2 # pascal mayende 2012-10-17 16:18
Am an interested sheep farmer with structures already in place but seeking for advice before i start.all advice welcomed.
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Dr. Kitatta Sylus BVM from makerere University
0 # Dr. Kitatta Sylus BVM from makerere University 2014-06-28 18:13
how are you Sir.
I am professional veterinary doctor. you can contact me via the given email address or through phone +256776925991 for help and i can even work for you. thanks.
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Mien
0 # Mien 2014-12-13 12:25
Hi. I am in siaya and I am interested in doing commercial farming of pure dorper. Kindly advice me more about it. I would want to know where I can get it around siaya, if it can do well with the the weather around siaya and the challenges that I should be prep aired for.
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njenga
0 # njenga 2012-10-19 10:04
Willing to purchase young hampshire down ewes and ram for keeping purposes
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Merc
-1 # Merc 2012-10-21 19:02
For someone planning to venture in commercial sheep rearing, i wish for a breed that reproduces faster. what would you advise for?
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mbugua
0 # mbugua 2013-05-16 12:10
ive been rearing red maasai sheep in juja, now expanding farm to limuru and intending to purchase pure merino ewes, hempshire. contact if having good breeding stock.

0722541803
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Riaan Joubert
0 # Riaan Joubert 2013-07-23 02:16
Mbugua,

I am a farmer from South Africa. Would you be interested in selling semen from your top Red Maasai rams - or swop for top quality South African Dorper semen? I am looking for Red Maasai genetics. Will arrange for vet to collect semen and/ or flush embryos if I can find a breeder who is willing to offer me genetics. Thanks.


Quoting mbugua:
ive been rearing red maasai sheep in juja, now expanding farm to limuru and intending to purchase pure merino ewes, hempshire. contact if having good breeding stock.

0722541803
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Seth K.
0 # Seth K. 2015-11-12 08:49
Hi Mbugua ,In kisumu and would like to rear Red Maasai Sheep Preferably a male one for breeding. Kindly advice.
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Ndungu Peter
+1 # Ndungu Peter 2013-05-24 14:40
hi there, i would like to do sheep farning of dorper.anyone with pure breed please contact me on-0712610649 or 0752402900.
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0 # roscoe keith 2014-04-22 12:07
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G.mwangi
0 # G.mwangi 2013-05-25 18:45
kindly give me quoatation price for male and female mature dorper sheep for bleending.also your nearest location near central kenya.
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Mbugua
-1 # Mbugua 2013-05-27 15:49
hi there, i would like to do sheep farning of dorper.anyone with pure breed. Kindly also give me the cost of purchasing. Plus guidance on housing of the Dopers. I intend to start this Project latest July
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Stephen Koech
0 # Stephen Koech 2013-05-31 12:13
Hi,Very useful information. I am keen to buy Dorper for rearing. Where can I buy them?Thanks.
0723451041
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lawrence
0 # lawrence 2013-06-22 17:42
i am a farmer and i need a dorper ram for breeding/rearing.i live in Kenya,Kajiado county.
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edward k.c.
+2 # edward k.c. 2013-07-18 16:58
Iam interested in buying Hampshire Down ram and ewes for breeding at Timboroa
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Riaan Joubert
0 # Riaan Joubert 2013-07-23 02:22
I have semen available from top quality South African Dorper rams - to swop for semen from Red Maasai rams. I will be able to arrange for a vet to collect the semen, if you can offer me the opportunity. Also willing to buy Red Maasai semen and/ or embryos. Can anyone please assist? Thanks.
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Ndungu Peter
0 # Ndungu Peter 2013-07-26 15:56
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muigai
0 # muigai 2013-12-30 19:41
I am interested in sheep breeds from south africa especially from dormer sheep breeders or Ile De France breeders. Do they export lambs and can you be able to provide. Please reply via email
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Ndungu Peter
+1 # Ndungu Peter 2013-07-26 15:57
where do you do your farming?
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Riaan Joubert
0 # Riaan Joubert 2013-07-30 20:00
South Africa
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kagume martin
0 # kagume martin 2013-08-24 09:14
i need a dorper lamb near a place in Nyeri.martin
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Deborah
-1 # Deborah 2013-08-28 21:05
I am looking for well bred Dorper ewes and ram. Located in Narok area, Maasailand. Please contact if you have good breeding stock for sale. 0706 371 612
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makui
0 # makui 2013-10-02 11:49
hi i need a dorper male breed and i am in kajiado how can i get one
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rufus
-2 # rufus 2013-10-09 12:14
have a fully grown dorper in narok.0723622223
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keberia
0 # keberia 2013-10-12 16:12
Am planning to start sheep rearing project and so far have identified the area of project which is somehow hot-(35-42)what am in need of is the business plan of rearing about 40- 70 heads whoever is capable and is willing can assist me citing the relevant breed for commercial purposes
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Kamau KAriuki
0 # Kamau KAriuki 2013-11-26 13:30
I like the Information, it has really helped me on the best breed of sheep to invest in in Kajiado County. Thank you very much
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Johnson Nchoe
-1 # Johnson Nchoe 2014-02-12 00:07
I am interested in buying at least 20 ewes of dorper sheep for breeding in Narok. Please advice where i can get them.
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kailungush
0 # kailungush 2015-12-15 09:05
Quoting Johnson Nchoe:
I am interested in buying at least 20 ewes of dorper sheep for breeding in Narok. Please advice where i can get them.

I rear dorber breed in Laikipia county and i have a number of Rams and Ewes for sale in the next 4 months. You may contact me on 0722369435- James
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kailungush
0 # kailungush 2015-12-15 09:05
Quoting Johnson Nchoe:
I am interested in buying at least 20 ewes of dorper sheep for breeding in Narok. Please advice where i can get them.

I rear dorber breed in Laikipia county and i have a number of Rams and Ewes for sale in the next 4 months. You may contact me on 0722369435- James
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Jeremy
+1 # Jeremy 2014-03-01 22:31
I intent to rear pure dorper breeds. please assist to get pure quality a ram and 2 ewes for a start. am in mogotio baringo county. contact me through 0722123211 or email me.
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Vincent Gitonga
0 # Vincent Gitonga 2014-03-23 14:20
Hi, AM looking for a pure doper breed or hampshire down, to breed in Nyerifor commercial purposes .Where can i get.AND Please advice me more about
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joseph mathenge
0 # joseph mathenge 2014-04-23 10:56
hey vincent i have a good mature pure dorper ram fohttp://www.livestockkenya.co m/index.php/component/jcomment s/captcha/77325r sale at 20,000 and good rams at 10,000 please contact me 0721274981
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ltkhamis
0 # ltkhamis 2014-06-24 09:06
Hey guys am looking for dorper rams and ewes to start keeping am in kwale mombasa contact me on 0722126111 just text ill call back no problem
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muturi ngugi, oraimutia ngano
0 # muturi ngugi, oraimutia ngano 2014-06-25 19:19
Am a farmer in ngano oraimutia, but want to change my breed of sheep to mirino , want a 6month mirino lam and one Amshire, someone near this area can contact me thruough email, or o711581125, ask leah mama moses
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BENARD KIPROTICH
0 # BENARD KIPROTICH 2014-08-02 20:59
I am in Molo and I need a pure Hampshire Down sheep. You can contact me on 0728303986 or EMAIL:
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karanjamburu
0 # karanjamburu 2014-10-10 15:47
Greetings all, i need advice advise on appropriate sheds for Merino and Hamshire Down in Kinangop (a wet area with cool temperatures. Kindly share any designs you may have including recommended space per animal. My email is and telephone number is 0722710454.
I am also looking for rams and ewes of the two breeds to start a flock.
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Chepngeno
+1 # Chepngeno 2014-10-27 09:17
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Hi, I would like to purchase pure dorper sheep from registered farmers. 50 ewes and 5 rams. kindly send me a quotation of the prices at
I'm in Mogotio so kindly quote for transport to Mogotio town approximately 40 Km from Nakuru town
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Fred
0 # Fred 2015-01-19 21:54
I am keen to establish a dorper farm in Shimba Hills in Kwale. Keen to learn more and to start off with perhaps 20 dorper ewes. Please contact me on 0727853392
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jane mugambi
+2 # jane mugambi 2015-01-21 11:01
We have dorper ewes available for sale in Nanyuki near town
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eva mathangani
0 # eva mathangani 2015-05-26 14:15
i need the lambs both male and female ...how much are you selling?
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Mwangi Mwai
0 # Mwangi Mwai 2015-08-25 15:37
Hi please send me photos of ram and ewe via whatsp on 0716105764
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Josphat
0 # Josphat 2016-01-12 20:38
What's your location?
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Anthony
0 # Anthony 2017-01-04 11:35
do you have white dorper?
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Okello
0 # Okello 2015-02-16 15:12
I am interested in buying one Dorper ram for breeding in Kano area, Kisumu County. Where can I get one within the county or neighbouring areas and at how much?
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raphael masi
+1 # raphael masi 2015-06-08 09:49
Am interested in buying a pure black headed Dorper ram from a registered farmer for breeding in Narok south.please contact me on 0724376316
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0 # Realash 2015-06-25 05:43
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Pozdrawiam !
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Peter Bett
0 # Peter Bett 2015-06-27 12:42
I rear hampshire breed and I have a number of rams ready for sale in the next 2 months. You may contact me on 0723 670 025 - Peter
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chege
0 # chege 2015-09-13 06:04
Mr bett am interested with hamshire ram.whre are you located and what is the asking price
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Peter Bett
0 # Peter Bett 2015-06-27 12:43
I rear hampshire breed in Bomet County and I have a number of rams ready for sale in the next 2 months. You may contact me on 0723 670 025 - Peter
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murungi
0 # murungi 2015-09-08 16:57
mugambi, give your contacts to have to get a ram. am afraid of inbreeding my flock.
if you got hamshire and you from around nanyuki also please contact me 0721359062
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Seth K.
0 # Seth K. 2015-11-12 11:25
I am in need of a Red Maasai Ram for breeding. In kisumu county.
0714501519
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karanjamburu
0 # karanjamburu 2015-11-17 11:49
Hi all! I need pure breeds of Corriedale, Merino, Hampshire Down and Dorper, atleast 15 ewes of each and 1 ram. contact me on 0722710454 if you have any of the above breeds
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solomon
0 # solomon 2016-01-18 16:13
hi all, am selling hampshire down sheep at attractive prices.
this is a sale for january 2016.
please contact 0715693143 to place your order.
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karanjamburu
0 # karanjamburu 2016-01-19 17:00
Kindly notify me on 0722710454 if you have good Corriedale breeding rams in central province or Nakuru area
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Okello
0 # Okello 2016-01-19 17:42
Hi. Interested in buying a dorper or/and red maasai ram for breeding in Kisumu County. Get in touch on
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peterkim
0 # peterkim 2016-02-22 20:27
Hallo...am in Interested in hampshire down and Red masai for bleeding.any body selling ewe n rams?i do rear them in laikipia,Ngobit
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Tosh
0 # Tosh 2016-03-01 14:59
I'm interested in rearing Dorper for meat purposes and looking to buy 3-4 month old kids.. about 30 of them with 15 female and 15 male. I'm based in Chuka - Tharaka Nithi.Kenya. anyone with them let me know on
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Johana
0 # Johana 2016-03-31 10:30
I"m breeder of Dorper and currently looking for pedigree ram from a serious breeder.
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Lupumlo
0 # Lupumlo 2016-08-11 19:28
I want to buy the red maasi sheep and the marino please help me im staying south africa
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karanjamburu
0 # karanjamburu 2016-11-19 09:54
HI guys,

Am looking for a good person to work in my sheep farm in Nyandarua. He could be Ahiti trained or someone familiar with sheep management. Let me know if you have any suggestions on 0722710454
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bob ituku
0 # bob ituku 2016-11-28 16:56
im intrested in sheep keeping. everything is ready except where to source lambs.please reach me if you can help 0726152059
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Anthony
0 # Anthony 2017-01-04 11:31
Anyone with white dorper rams? need to buy please contact me on 0720913719
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robinson
0 # robinson 2017-02-19 12:16
Am interested in Hampshire sheep
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