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The Merino is the type of sheep found the most worldwide. They are the prized for their soft wool, regarded as some of the best in the world.
  Merino flock


Latin Name: Ovis aries Conservation Status: Common
Distribution: New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, United States
The Merino is the most common variety of sheep in the world. Their meat (mutton) is of very poor quality, and as such, the Merino is bred primarily for its wool. Merino sheep are thought to have originated from the breeding of different Berber sheep breeds.

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