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About Altay SheepAbout Altay Sheep



Altay sheep, native to the dry, cold mountain basins of China, are recognized for their unique characteristics and suitability for diverse purposes.

Primarily known for their fat-rumped structure, Altay sheep are commonly raised for their wool, which is often utilized for carpet production. Each shearing yields an average of 2.5 to 3.5 pounds (1.3 - 1.5 kg) of wool, prized for its quality and durability. Additionally, Altay sheep are valued for their meat, which is a significant component of their utilization.

Notably, Altay sheep have developed a distinctive fat tail (or rump) over time, which is a consistent feature of the breed. This fat tail weighs approximately 15 pounds (7 kg) and contributes to the breed's unique appearance and adaptation to its environment. At maturity, Altay rams typically weigh around 180 pounds (82 kg), while ewes reach an average weight of 150 pounds (69 kg), reflecting their robust build and suitability for meat production.