This breed of sheep mainly comes from Somalia, which is in the Horn of Africa. Instead of having wool, Blackhead Persians have hair, like chihuahuas. This way, they can tolerate the heat of East Africa much better.
|A Blackhead Persian ram imported from Zimbabwe|
to Kongwa in central Tanzania in 1963
|Sheep market in Kenya, 2012|
The ewes are especially valued because of the fact that they can breed every eight months, and they often give birth to twins. They continue to produce milk for about 84 days, for a total of 110 pounds of milk. The fat content of the milk is 5.9%.
When they are born, the lambs weigh about 6 pounds. At maturity, ewes weigh 115 pounds, and rams weigh 150. Both sexes are polled, which means they don't have horns.
In my opinion, these are very interesting-looking sheep. I like their black heads, and I especially like their fat little rumps!