Ram, Corsican

(Ovis sp.) Originated in Texas approximately 40 years ago on the famous Y.O. Ranch.

Corsican Sheep are the result of initial crosses between the Mouflon Sheep with a wide range of other sheep including the Barbados Blackbelly.

ID

Brown sheep (variants all white – “Texas dall” or black – “Black Hawaiian”) with bold black accents on neck, sides, and legs.  Usually 3 to 8 inch mane on lower neck of males (thicker and longer in winter).  Horns in males only that circle and turn outward at tips.  Lengths of 14 inches and up, typically 28 to 35 inches in adults.  The males’ horns can weigh up to 30 lbs and can actually outweigh the rest of the bones in their bodies, combined. Females, called ewes, also have horns that are smaller.  Corsican males typically weigh between 130 and 160 lbs; females 80 to 100 lbs.

Behavior

When mature, fight to determine dominance and hierarchy. Males very aggressive among one another.  Rams butt heads vigorously.  Form tight flock when disturbed and then flee as a group.  Most active in the early and late hours of the day.  Seek shelter amongst trees, in brush, and inside ravines during harsh weather conditions.  Sun themselves on exposed slopes when cold and sunny, but not windy.  Seek out hilltops to catch a breeze when hot.  During warm weather, drink daily.  Can go 2 to 3 days without water if conditions optimal.

Food Habits

Grazers.  Eat quantities of grasses and forbs.  Also take some leaves when they can reach them or when they find them on the ground.

Breeding

Breeding season occurs mainly from August to September with most births January to March.  Females have a gestation period of 5 months, giving birth to 1 to 2 young.  Twin births are common.  Males mature at 1.5 years of age while females reach maturity as early as 7 months.

Keeping Corsicans

Often compatible with any other exotic as long as food is available at their feeding level.  Need water daily during warm weather.  Crossbreed freely with other sheep, producing fertile offspring.  Typical 4 foot fencing is usually sufficient.

Corsican Ram Hunting

Sheep hunts range from $500 to $2500 depending on hunting package and horn size –> avg. cost of a corsican ram hunt is ~ $1,550.  Check out our ‘Find A Hunt’ section for featured outfitters.

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