The Ile-de-France is the product of crossing the English Leicester and the Rambouillet. Later the Mauchamp Merino was also used in the breeds development. The breed was
originally known as the Dishley Merino. The breed is widespread in France and was
introduced to Britain in the 1970's.
The breed is large and thick set. The face and lower legs are free from wool. The
face is white with pink lips and nostrils. Both sexes are hornless (polled).
The Ile-de-France produces a fine, heavy fleece that is very high in grease which
results in low yields. The average fleece weight is 4-6 kilograms with a 7-8 cm staple
length. The quality of the fleece is 56's to 60's.
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