Since the establishment of our first stud flock, the remarkable number of striking characteristics of the Ile de France have become familiar on the South African scene. The Ile de France is a large, smooth-bodied, polled mutton sheep. The breed is renowned for its unique carcass qualities, excellent growth rates, as well as high fertility and good mothering abilities. Its ability to breed out-of-season enables lambing to take place in autumn and for the lambing interval to be reduced to 7-8 months, allowing 3 lambings in 2 years.
The Mission of this Ile de France Society is to promote Ile de France Super Slaughter lamb production.
This Ile de France Society has determined certain goals, l.e., to strive towards efficient meat production within a given environment measured as maximum return of quality meat (in other words, total mass of lamb produced per lactation) per unit of metabolic mass of the breeding ewe together with wool of an acceptable quality which further contributes to the total nett income.These goals can be obtained by continues selection for:
Ile de France are found in more than 30 countries around the world. The breed is renowned for its excellent performance under semi-intensive, intensive and extensive conditions.