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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He added currently his department was breeding 370 rams (male Karakul sheep).
Based on 2011 agriculture ministry estimates, Afghanistan exported Karakul sheep leather worth $3.5 million.
Special thanks are due to Directorate of Livestock Farms and Directorate of Research, Livestock and Diary Development Department, Balochistan, Superintendant Karakul Sheep Farm Maslakh at Quetta, and Superintendant Bhagnari Cattle/Balochi sheep Farm Usta Mohammad, Balochistan for helping in sample collection.
Now only 1,000 Namibians keep flocks of Karakul sheep and skin production is down to 100,000.
Karakul sheep, also known as Persian lamb, have a close, curly fur.
Kharotee (1995) analyzed the data on wool production of Karakul sheep and observed FW as (0.99+-0.01 and 1.43+-0.09 kg) for spring and autumn shearing, respectively.
Estimation of genetic parameters in black Karakul sheep. Agric.