West African Dwarf Sheep
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West African Dwarfs (also known as Djallonkes) are therndominant sheep breed from southwest to central Africa. They are found fromrnSenegal to Chad, Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo. They are wellrnadapted to life in humid forested area, sub-humid areas and savannahs. They arernprimarily raised for meat.

West African Dwarfs are generally white or piebald (theirrnfront half is black and their back half is white). However, skewbald (tan onrnwhite) and blackbelly patterns are found, and the Kirdi type are speciallyrnselected to be entirely black.

The rams weigh approximately 37 kg (82 lb), have arnwell-developed throat ruff, and are usually horned. Their horns are wide at thernbase, curve backwards, outwards and then forwards again, with a maximum of onernand a half coils. Ewes weigh about 25 kg (55 lb) and are usually polledrn(hornless), but may have slender short horns. Their ears are short andrnpendulous, their neck is long and slender, their chest is deep, their legs arernshort, their back is long and dished, and their tail reaches the hocks.

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On average, the ewes produce 1.15 to 1.50 lambs per lambing.rnThey are highly tolerant of trypanosome. 



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