Tunis Sheep

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Tunis SheepIn 1799, the Tunis sheep's ancestors arrived in the United States from North Africa. These sheep are often described as "fat-tailed," and "barbary" and were highly regarded by a slew of prominent Americans such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Judge Richard Peters, and George Washington. Gradually, a uniquely American breed was created from this North African variety. The name, Tunis, describes the animal's connection to its foundation stock in Tunisia.

Once it arrived in the US, the Tunis Sheep quickly spread throughout the mid-Atlantic and the southeast, as they were well adapted to the heat and humidity of these regions. The Tunis was the mainstay of sheep production in the upper South until the Civil War, when nearly all of the Southern stock was destroyed. The remaining stock was harbored in the north after the war, and the Great Lakes region and New England became the stronghold of the breed. In the last decade, the Tunis Sheep has had a resurgence in the Southeast, as it is considered a gem within American agricultural history.

The Tunis sheep is striking and attractive in appearance, with cream or ivory colored wool that is set nicely contrasted by a cinnamon-red face and legs. Their pendulous ears and expressive eyes give a quizzical aspect to their demeanor, which is correctly interpreted as calm and docile.

The meat from the Tunis sheep is tender and flavorful without having a strong mutton taste.

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YWF Meats

  Lexington, NC

We are a small family farm specializing in Heritage breed livestock and meat, milk and eggs from animals raised naturally on pasture. Our cattle, sheep and goats are completely forage fed. Our poultry and pigs are on pasture and are supplemented with non-GMO, locally grown whole grains and peas.(more...)


Wrightway Farm

  Baltimore, OH

We moved to my family's farm in 2011 because of a desire to start raising our own food the "wrightway". I inherited the farm after my parents died, and it had not been active for over a decade. This allowed us to pretty much start from scratch, garnering information from books, blogs and farm visits. (more...)


Wild Winds Sheep Company

  Carpenter, WY    LocalHarvest Sponsor!

We're a small family operated ranch on the southeastern Wyoming prairie just east of Cheyenne. We raise a limited production of grass fed, all natural Lambs and Irish Dexter Cattle in a free-range humane setting, never confined in a feed lot like situation. Our animals receive the best possible care. (more...)


Together Farms

  Mondovi, WI

At Together Farms we believe in sustainable farming and lovingly caring for all our animals so they can care for us. It seems the more we learn, the more we want to grow our own food. We would love for you to start on our journey with us, see where we have come from and help direct where we are going. (more...)


Thistle Byre Farm

  Delphi, IN

Check out our farm......we post pictures on face book regularly..... for daily farm updates and useful information "LIKE" us often and share our information with your friends.....Our website is in the process of being updated...so face book is most accurate now....We are also on LinkedIn..WeMe, and Pinterest. --- Eat clean and healthy food! (more...)


Tarheelbilly Farm

  Willow Wood, OH

Tarheelbilly Farm is a small farm located in Southern Ohio in the rolling hills of the Appalachian range. In keeping with our dedication to pesticide free farming, we use no herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, or chemicals on our farm. We raise Old Style American Tunis Sheep, a breed on the Livestock Conservancy List. (more...)