Somali sheep

The Somali sheep, occasionally known as the Berbera Blackhead, is a hair sheep native to Somaliland, Djibouti and Somalia.[1][2]

A flock of Somali sheep.


The Somali sheep is the direct forebear of the Blackhead Persian, the latter of which was bred in South Africa between the late 19th century to early 20th century and has been extensively used for crossbreeding in many tropical areas.[1]

The Somali sheep is white with a black head. It belongs to the fat-tail type, and both of the breed's genders are polled.[1][3] The animal is mainly reared for meat production,[1] and is a major export of the Somali economy, particularly to the Arabian peninsula.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Somali". Sheep Breeds - S-St. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  2. ^ A. Nyanjom & J. Konyango, Certificate Agriculture Form 1, (East African Publishers), p.133.
  3. ^ "Brazilian Somali". Breeds of Livestock. Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Animal Science. Archived from the original on 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  4. ^ "CBS - Economy and Finance". Central Bank of Somalia. Retrieved 8 September 2013.