Wallachian Sheep

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Wallachian Sheep

 

a breed of coarse-wool sheep used for the production of meat and wool. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th Wallachian sheep were raised in many parts of Russia. There were several varieties, the purest type being the steppe Wallachian sheep. They are large animals with long, deep trunks. Their tails are long (60-65 cm) and broad and fat at the base, gradually narrowing toward the end. Rams weigh 60-80 kg, and ewes weigh 50-60 kg. In a year the rams produce 3-5 kg of wool, and the ewes produce 2-4 kg. The wool is coarse, nonuniform, and 12-20 cm long. Slaughter yield is up to 55 percent. Wallachian sheep were used widely for crossing with fine-fleece sheep, and in this way valuable herds of rugged, fine-fleece sheep with good wool qualities were obtained. Crossbreeds are raised in the Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Rostov, and other oblasts.

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