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Taihang Donkey

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Country: China

Home tract: Taihang mountain and Yan mountain regions, Hebei Province; Shanxi Province; Henan Province. The central producing area is: Yixian County, Fuping County, Jingjing County, Lincheng County, Xingtai County, Wu’an County, Shexian County, Qianxi County, and Zunhua County.

Morphological Characters

Body: Small, firm type, dryness body, square-shaped

Body coat: French is the most common colour, pinkish black and black are the second.

Head: Large

Ears: Long

Legs: Strong

Mophometric traits

Body length: Male 101.7 cm, female 102.5 cm

Body height at withers: Male 102.4 cm, female 101.1 cm

Breast circumference: Male 115.9 cm, female 113.4 cm

Cannon circumference: Male 13.9 cm, female 13.7 cm

Reproductive traits

Age at first mating: 2.5-3.0 years

Reproductive life: 20 years

Production traits

Speed: 70km/day carrying with 75kg.


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