Lithuanian Black-headed Sheep
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Lithuanian Black-Headed are multipurposernsheep developed in Lithuania during the mid-20th century. They were developedrnby crossing local sheep with English Shropshire and meaty German black-headedrnrams, with the goal of combining the best characteristics of both. 

rnrnLithuanian Black-Headed sheeprnmature early and supply homogenous semi-fine wool. They have short and whiternwool, while their head, ears, and legs are covered with black hair. They havernno horns.

In order to form productive herdsrnof thoroughbred sheep, state-run Black-Headed sheep breeding nucleus farms werernestablished in Pasvalys in 1952, and in Telsiai in 1956. In 1963 the SeduvarnExperimental Farm was launched to preserve the breed. Since its inception thernfarm has performed scientific research, including evaluation of sheep healthrnand fertility, milking capacity, chemical composition of sheep milk, andrnquality of wool and meat.

The first Lithuanian Black-Headedrnbreed herd book was issued in 1963, and the last in 1993. As of 2007,rnthoroughbred Lithuanian Black-Headed sheep were being raised in four farmingrnherds totaling about 470 ewes. Its genetic material is being stored as arnresource, and a 2005 United Nations-sponsored initiative purchased the sheep inrnsupport of traditional Lithuanian textile arts.


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