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Breeds of Livestock - Morada Nova Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Morada Nova Sheep

Morada Nova

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The Morada Nova comes from northeast Brazil and is probably of African origin. It may also be related to a Portugal breed called Bordaleiro. Both sexes are polled. The breed originated from selection of individuals of the Brazilian Woolless. The rams do not have a throat ruff. It has been reported that they have a litter size of 1.32 to 1.76. The predominant color is red to cream, but white animals are also found. The breed is small with mature lamb and ewe weights of about 40 and 30 kg, respectively. The Morada Nova does have a breed association in Brazil.

 

Reference:

Mason, I.L. World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds. Third Edition. C.A.B International. 1988

Thomas, D.L., Hair Sheep Genetic Resource of the Americas. Proceedings Hair Sheep Research Symposium (ed. Stephan Wildeus). 1991. University of the Virgin Islands.

Photographs:

Hair Sheep of Western Africa and the Americas: A Genetic Resource for the Tropics. (H.A. Fitzhugh and G.E. Bradford, eds.), A Winrock International Study, 1983.


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