Dzhaidara

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Dzhaidara

 

(from the Uzbek zhaidari, “local”), a breed of coarse-wooled fat-tailed sheep raised for their meat and tallow. The breed was created by crossbreeding the local fat-tailed sheep of Uzbekistan with other local breeds. The sheep are large and strongly built and have a wide deep body on short strong legs. They are distinguished by their hardiness, their adaptability to year-round outdoor maintenance on the range, and their ability to fatten quickly. The rams weigh 95-100 kg and the ewes, 70-72 kg. The 1½-year-old wethers weigh about 80 kg. The slaughter yield is 52-56 percent. The Dzhaidara sheep yield high-quality meat and tallow. The wool clip from rams is 2.7-3.5 kg and from ewes, 2-3 kg. The wool is coarse and nonhomogeneous, containing 45-60 per-cent down. The color of the wool is basically black and rust, although it is sometimes dark brown or gray. The breed is found in Samarkand Oblast, Uzbek SSR.

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