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Breeds of Livestock - Somali Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Somali Sheep


somali.jpgAlso Known As: Berbera Blackhead, Blackheaded Somali, Pecora somala a testa nera (Italian), Ogaden

The Somali is a hair sheep which is reared primarily for meat production. They are white with a black head. Both sexes are polled and the breed belongs to the fat-rumped type.

The Blackhead Persian, which was developed in South Africa, originated from the Somali breed.


Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.


R. E. McDowell, Professor Emeritus of International Animal Science, Cornell University, and provided by Paul O. Brackelsberg, Professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University

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