Adal sheep

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Adal
Country of origin Ethiopia
Traits
Weight
  • Male: 35 kg (77 lb)
  • Female: 24 kg (53 lb)
Wool color Unicolored from white to dark brown

Adal is a domesticated breed of sheep from Ethiopia. They are bred mostly for their meat.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

The Adal is unicolored from white to dark brown. Average mature weight for a ram is 35 kg (77 lb) and a ewe 24 kg (53 lb) . They have short ears often appearing to have none. At birth, males are on average 2.54 kg (5.6 lb) and ewes 2.26 kg (5.0 lb).[2]

It is especially adapted to arid, dry climates. Rams and ewes are polled (hornless). The Adal is classified as a fat-tailed hair breed and has short, stiff fibers.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adal". Breeds of Livestock. Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Animal Science. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Adali/Ethiopia". Domestic Animal Diversity Information Service. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ "General Breed Information". Domestic Animal Genetic Resources Information System. International Livestock Research Institute. Retrieved 2009-05-07.