A locally-bred non-woolled sheep: see quotations 1953 and 1975. Also attributive.See also Blackhead Persian (blackhead sense 2), Ronderib.
1953S. Afr. Stockbreeder & Farmer Ref. Bk 231The Van Rooy is a new breed developed recently out of crossings between the Ronderib Afrikaner, the Rambouillet Merino and the Blackhead Persian. Being somewhat similar in type to the Blackhead Persian, it is sometimes referred to, although erroneously, as the White Persian. The Van Rooy breeders formed their association in 1948...Both the Blackhead Persian and Van Rooy have short, fat tails with a greater preponderance of subcutaneous fat, particularly on the rump.
1957Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.)III. 221The Van Rooy was evolved by..Senator J.C. van Rooy in about 1920.
1975W.J. Hugo inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.XI. 171Van Rooy Sheep, Sheep of the fat-tailed and fat-rump type. In 1919 Senator J.C. van Rooy, of Koppieskraal, Bethulie, began the development of the Van Rooy sheep as it is known today, when he mated the round-ribbed Afrikander with Rambouillet ewes...After 40 years, breeders of the Van Rooy sheep (sometimes incorrectly termed the Van Rooy Persian) have succeeded in developing a heavy, strong sheep with a good, compact tail and a better distribution of fat than the round-ribbed Afrikander has. The Van Rooy sheep is found chiefly in the North-Western Cape, particularly in broken veld on the Orange River.
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