Balkhi are medium to large sized sheep
originated from Afghanistan and North-western Pakistan. They are a fat-tailed
mutton type sheep. They areraised
mainly for meat production, but they are also good for producing wool.
Balkhi sheep are hardy and are well adapted
to their native climates. They have a low fiber density, and they approximately
yield 2 kg of coarse wool with an average 43.5 micrometer diameter. The ewes
are pretty good milkers and they produce enough milk for their lambs. The ewes
generally lactate for about 105 days and produce around 60 kg of milk.
They are black, grey, or tan. They have
somewhat long ears, and their body is muscular and compact. Their tail is fat
and tucked, and both rams and ewes are horned. The rams generally weight around
5.2 kg at birth, and the ewes around 3.8 kg. The average body height of the
mature rams is around 87 cm at the withers, and around 74 cm for the ewes.