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A white Dala sheep and lamb standing on the rocks.Also Known By: Voss


Found in the region surrounding Voss and Hordaland in Norway, the Dala was developed between 1860 and 1920 from Cheviot, Leicester Longwool and Old Norwegian breeds. It is the most common breed in Norway today with approximately 45% of all registered sheep being Dala. The breed is distributed throughout Norway and is kept primarily for meat production.


It is a polled, medium wool breed that is similar in appearance to the Cheviot. Adult ewes are usually 85-90 kg.




Geir Steinheim, Dept. of Animal Science, Agricultural University of Norway


Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B. International. 273 pp.

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