Ujumqin Sheep

About Ujumqin SheepAbout Ujumqin Sheep

Ujumqin sheep are a larger version of the Mongolian breed, are found in Inner Mongolia, China. They have a fat tail 28 cm (11.2 in) long by 36 cm (14.4 in) wide in the male, and 22 cm long by 28 cm (8.8 in) wide in the female. When dressed, the tail fat weighs 2 kg (4.4 lbs) or more. Ujumqin sheep were developed due to the sharp seasonal contrast in plant growth in the pastoral areas.  

The sheep tend to deposit a large amount of fat in the body in order to meet nutritional demands during winter and spring. They are adapted to the unfavorable local environmental conditions of the North and Northwest Pastoral Grasslands. Their Wool is coarse and production is low, with an annual grease fleece weight of only about 1 kg (2.2 lbs).