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Yoroo Sheep

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Category: Meat

Country: Mongolia

Home tract: Developed in the Yoroo District of Selenga province by crossing local fine and semi-fine wool sheep with semi-fine wool breeds such as the North Caucasian and the Romney-Marsh.

Morphological characteristics

Body: Compact, well ribbed

Body coat: Completely white

Head: Medium sized

Nose: With wide nostrils

Neck: Strong, well developed and set on fleshy shoulders

Shoulders: Well developed hindquarters and broad loins

Tail: Thin, long and touches the ground, is cut at an early age

Back: broad, straight

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Birth weight – male 4.2 kg, female – 3.9 kg; Adult male – 85 kg, female – 56 kg

Body length: Adult males: 73.0 cm; Adult females: 74.2 cm

Height at withers: Adult males: 70.0 cm; Adult females: 66.8 cm

Chest girth: Adult males: 102 cm; Adult females: 96.0 cm

Reproductive traits

Age at first breeding: 18 months

Litter size: Twinning rate is 15-30%

Production traits

Daily milk yield: 0.300-0.600 kg

Greasy fleece: Male 5-8 kg, female 3-4 kg per annum;

Fibre length: 10-14 cm

Dressing percentage: 50-52%

Remarks: Meat quality is good and juicy.

References

  1. Batsukh G. and Zagdsuren E., 1991, “Sheep breeds of Mongolia,” World Animal Review 68(3): 11-25. [Web Reference]
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