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Breeds of Livestock - Maltese Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Maltese Sheep

Maltese

    Found on the island of Malta this rare breed was the original seedstock used in the development of the Comisana breed found in Sicily. They reared for milk, meat and wool production.

Characteristics:

  • head - mostly masked reddish, yellow or black with long neck and semi lop ears, rams' head is slightly broader.

  • muzzles - have no wool and longbody - long slim body with long silky coat mostly white fleece and may have any patches at any place, the patches will be of the same colour of the head.

  • fleece- head and feet and scrotal are not covered.

  • tail- long tail covered with long fleece.



References:

    Marlon Apap, Agriculture Officer, Government Research and Development Centre, Malta

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

    Photographs:

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