Tushetian Sheep

3 May 2018

Tushetian Sheep

Tushetian sheep is quasi –fat-tailed sheep breed. It is the result of the selective breeding (cross-breeding of old Georgian sheep with the sheep that have rougher wool) in XIII-XIX  according to the traditions of Georgian nomadic farming. Tushetian sheep is not large in size  and has strong constitution. It is very well adapted to long distance seasonal migrations and grazes well on scarce pastures. The better sheep graze, the higher yield of meat and wool. Tushetian sheep matures early, gives birth to a single lamb (very rarely to two lambs). Its meat is of high quality. Wool is white, elastic and shiny. The average weight of a ram is 56-80 kg, maximum reaching 90 kg, while an ewe reaches 41-42 kg, with maximum weight of 60kg.  Tushetian sheep are sheared twice a year. Ram’s sheared wool weighs 3-4 kg, sometimes reaching 5.5 kg. The wool lock length is 11-17 cm, the longest 31cm.