AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, literally ‘round rib’, see quotation 1934.
Now often in the phrase Ronderib Afrikander.A variety of Afrikander sheep (see Afrikandernoun sense 7) raised where conditions favour animals with relatively high feeding requirements, and sometimes sub-divided into silky-haired (see blinkhaarnoun2) and coarse-haired types; round-ribbed Afrikander. Also attributive.See also Van Rooy.
1934C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 145Ronderib,..A term applied to one of the two breeds of Afrikaner or fat-tailed sheep sprung from the old stock originally found in the Cape Province and Namaqualand. As the name denotes, this sheep has well-sprung ribs which distinguish it from the hardy Namaqua type found in the driest parts of South Africa which is rather flat-ribbed.
1934Farming in S. Afr. Apr. 134 (Swart)Although there are two types of Ronderib, these distinct types are now-a-days only found in a few pure-bred stud flocks.
1937Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric. & Forestry) 199The ronderib is..a hardy breed and thrives under semi-arid conditions...Though distinctly heavier than the Persian, the Ronderib also may not be regarded as a desirable mutton breed for export purposes..as..there is an undesirable localization and abundance of fat.
1957Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.)III. 221The Ronderib Africander, This breed was developed during the latter part of the 19th century from the broad-tailed sheep breeds which were in possession of the Cape Hottentots.
1974Farmer’s Weekly 20 Mar. (advt)Africanders For Sale...Ronderib Blinkhaar Africander rams R30 and studs R75. Also young ewes...The mothers of these sheep weigh up to 180 lb. live weight.
1988T.J. LindsayShadow (1990) 323The docking of tails of the Ronderib Afrikaaner sheep.
1990Grocott’s Mail 6 July 8It seems that the fat-tailed Ronderib Afrikaner sheep can serve a useful purpose in raising the reproductive rate of Merino ewes.
A variety of Afrikander sheep (see Afrikandernoun7) raised where conditions favour animals with relatively high feeding requirements, and sometimes sub-divided into silky-haired (see blinkhaarnoun) and coarse-haired types; round-ribbed Afrikander. Also attributive.
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