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by ruchita last modified Jul 03, 2014 03:38 PM

May 03, 2013

The Tibetan sheep are found in northern Sikkim and the Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

tibetan-maleThey produce excellent, lustrous, carpet-quality wool, which was earlier available in plenty in regions bordering Tibet when the border was open. However, with the closure of cross-border trade since 1962, little Tibetan wool is now available.  Tibetan sheep are medium sized animals, primarily white with a black or brown face. Often brown and white spots are also observed on the body. Both sexes are horned. The nose line is convex, giving a typical Roman nose. The ears are small, broad and drooping. The fleece is relatively fine and dense. The belly, legs and face are devoid of wool. Flock size varies greatly and can range from 50 to 250 animals. The animals are pure-bred, with the exception of some cross-breeding with Merino that has been introduced in the Kameng district to improve fleece production and quality.  

Animals are shorn twice a year, in April/May and October/November. The fleece weight per clip is 400 – 900 gm with an average fibre diameter of 13 μ and a medullation percentage of 19. Information on present numbers of this breed is not available.

Average for both male and female
Body weight (kg) 27 
Body length (cm) 69 
Height at withers (cm) 64 
Chest girth (cm) 80 

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Photo Source: CSWRI, Avikanagar