Georgian Sheep

Georgian Sheep

 

a medium-fleeced fat-tailed breed of meat and wool sheep. It was produced from 1931 to 1949 at the Udabno sovkhoz in the Georgian SSR by a group of specialists directed by A. G. Natroshvili, a laureate of the State Prize of the USSR. Coarse-wooled sheep of the Tush breed were crossed with fine-wooled rams of the Rambouillet and Précoce breeds; they were then intrabred, producing a hybrid with a fat tail and uniform medium fleece.

According to body type, form, and tail dimensions, the Georgian sheep are similar to the Tusha. but larger. The weight of the rams is 70–90 kg, maximum 125 kg, and the ewes weigh 45–50 kg, maximum 90 kg. Dressed weight is 50 percent of liveweight. The fleece is white and uniform, of staple structure and 50–56 quality, 10–12 cm long. The shearing from rams is 4.5–5 kg; from ewes. 3.2–3.5 kg. The fertility rate is 110–120 percent. The sheep thrive on mountain pastures and can withstand pasturage on long ranges over broken terrain. The breed is raised in the Georgian SSR.

G. A. OKULICHEV

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