Tuvan sheep

Tuvan sheep

Tuvan sheep

History of the breed These sheep hatched in the Republic of Tuva are a valuable local breed that has been formed on this territory for 3000 years. This breed was formed by tribes occupying the territory of modern Tuva

The Tuva sheep is perfectly adapted to local climatic, pasture, fodder conditions, and in addition to the life of the indigenous population, which is mostly nomads. Due to the geographical isolation of the Republic of Tuva, the breed of local sheep in small numbers underwent crossbreeding, due to which it preserved its genetic structure of local breed

Characteristics of the breed The Tuva sheep are related to short-tailed breeds. A distinctive feature is a short, fat tail, having a length of 14-15 cm and consisting of oily and lean parts. This breed is coarse-wool, having a flesh-and-wool orientation

Animals have a strong enough bone, are mobile, not whimsical to a large amount of food, are able to rapidly accumulate fatty layer and use snow instead of water, which is a plus in the conditions of steppe and mountain pastures. The wool of representatives of Tuvan type of sheep is rough, having in its composition down, awn and a certain percentage of dead hair. Most of the sheep belonging to this breed have a whitish color of the trunk and a black head. There are also black sheep

Productivity The live weight of the Tuva sheep on the average among the sheep in the autumn period ranges from 55 to 70 kg in sheep from 43 to 50 kg. Sheep of Tuvan breed quickly weight and have good enough killer indicators. Slaughter yield of meat is 48-53%

The productivity of wool in these sheep is not large. Fibers of this breed in morphology in percentage are: down – 84%, Transitional hair – 6%, Ost-10%. The yield of wool is on average from rams from 2 to 2.4 kg, from sheep 1.3 to 1.7 kg. The amount of wool is 67-68%. Wool of animals of Tuvan breed goes mainly to making felt

Sheepskin from the wool of these sheep have high heat-protective properties. The presence of dead hair in the wool affects the quality. The more it is in the wool, the worse the quality of the sheepskin

Reproduction The fertility of the ewes of the Tuva breed is not high and does not exceed 104-110%. For coarse-wooled sheep breeds, the multiplicity is not characteristic and the norm is 1-2 lambs in the offspring. But in recent years, there has been a tendency to increase the number of lambs born in this breed. In 2013, there are cases when 3 or even 4 lambs are born in the offspring

Tuvan breed of sheep is hardy and well adapted to the content in harsh climatic conditions. Has a fairly large yield for meat and fat and to a lesser extent for wool. The meat of these sheep has good taste and nutritional properties, and wool is used to produce felted shoes and linen from which the local population makes national clothes.




Tuvan sheep