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rnrnKarakul Sheep are a fat-tailed (andrnfat-rumped) sheep characteristic of the Middle East as well as southern Asiarnand North Africa (although they were found as far south as the African Cape byrnthe seventeenth century). As the general name implies, they are distinguishedrnby an accumulation of fat in the tail and around the rump which evolved as arnstore of food necessary for survival in a harsh, drought-prone environment.

rnrnDescriptions of such sheep can be found inrnthe earliest records of British exploration, but they have been known and bredrnfor thousands of years as is witnessed by Biblical reference to the type. ThernBook of Leviticus records that a ram was bought for a burnt offering. After itrnwas slain, Moses "took the fat at the rump" which was then burnt atrnthe altar.

rnrnBesides the characteristic ‘fat-tail’rnfeature, they are relatively long-leggedrnwith a long hairy coat, mainly black. Horns, Roman noses and pendulous ears addrnto their highly distinctive appearance. They are well adapted to a hard, dryrnenvironment.

rnrnThe Karakul is the original ‘Persian lamb’rnwhich has been known as a distinct breed for thousands of years. It is mostrnfamous as a producer of high grade pelts for quality garments – the best beingrntaken from unborn lambs and those up to three days old. The hairy coat of olderrnanimals was used in the production of Persian carpets.

rnrnKarakul meat is very lean and theirrnabundant milk supply is used for butter and cheese in some countries.


rnrnContent and Photo Source: New Zealand RarernBreeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz)rnrn



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International Dairy Goat Registry - International Fiber Breed Registry
www.idgr-ifbr.com
I.D.G.R. was established in 1980 for the purpose of providing a low cost registration and record-keeping service for owners of ALL breeds of goats and sheep. With four herdbooks for Purebreds, Americans, Grades, and Experimentals in every breed, there is a ‘home’ in IDGR for every goat and sheep. In October 2014 we took on the name "International Dairy Goat Registry-International Fiber Breed Registry" to allow our name to better reflect our mission.

Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Natural Colored Wool Growers Association
www.ncwga.org
Since 1977 the purpose of NCWGA has been to assist members in the development and promotion of naturally-colored sheep and their wool. NCWGA can accomplish this by offering a number of services to members. These services include programs to support breeders of colored sheep, to support sheep shows which allow colored sheep, and to support the judges of those shows. 

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