Karakul sheep


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Karakul sheep

(kăr`əkəl), breed native to central Asia. The newborn lambs usually have tightly curled black fur and are skinned before they are three days old to provide the commercial lambskin for which the sheep are raised. The finest pelts are often obtained from unborn lambs. A large percentage of this lambskin is classified as Persian lamb, though it may also be called karakul, broadtail, krimmer, or astrakhan, according to the quality and tightness of the curl. The lambs grow rapidly and produce good meat but are seldom raised for this purpose. The grown sheep are medium-sized and broad-tailed; their wool is a mixture of coarse and fine fibers, varying in color from black to shades of tan and gray, and is used in making carpeting and other heavy fabrics. Karakul sheep are raised in several countries of Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. In the United States they are raised on a small scale, chiefly in Texas.
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We have established a community generating income scheme that would benefit all the farmers in our community especially when times are hard and other projects initiated for women such as crafts and needlework, are proving to be a success," said Saara adding that farming with karakul sheep has proven to be more sustainable and many of the farmers generate a lot of income from the pelts sold.
Based on a survey, Jawzjan has one million sheep, including 300,000 Karakul sheep, livestock official Abdul Ahad told Pajhwok Afghan News.
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He said government wants the members to focus primarily on the expansion of the production of karakul sheep.
Now only 1,000 Namibians keep flocks of Karakul sheep and skin production is down to 100,000.