The Bardoka sheep is a multi-purpose breed of domestic sheep which is found mainly in the Metohia region of Kosovo.
It’s name derived from the Albanian word ‘Bardoka‘ which means white, and the breed is also known as ‘White Mountain sheep‘.
Today, the breed is mainly found in Kosovo and partially in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia. Read some more information about this sheep breed below.
Bardoka Sheep Characteristics
The Bardoka sheep are medium sized animals. They are mainly white in color with white face. Their face is generally free of wool, and their skin color is pink.
Both rams and ewes are generally horned. Their horns are generally long and spiraled. Rams weight around 3.5 kg at birth and the ewes around 3.2 kg.
The mature Bardoka ram’s average body height is around 70 cm at the withers, and around 60 cm for the ewes.
As a medium sized animal, average live body weight of the mature Bardoka rams is around 65 kg. And average live body weight of the mature ewes is around 50 kg. Photo from Breeds List and info from Wikipedia.
The Bardoka sheep are very hardy and strong animals. They are well adapted to their local climates.
But they are also adaptable to almost all environmental conditions, especially low temperatures (although they are sensitive to high humidity).
As a multi-purpose animal, the Bardoka sheep are good for milk, meat and wool production. They are also used for research purpose.
The ewes are good milkers, and they lactate for approximately 180 days. And they generally produce around 200 kg of milk during their lactation period.
Their milk is of good quality, containing around 7.1 percent fat content. However, review full breed profile of the Bardoka sheep in the following chart.
|Other Names||White Metohian Sheep|
|Breed Purpose||Meat, milk, wool and research|
|Special Notes||Well adapted to local climates, very hardy and strong animals, also adaptable to almost all environmental conditions, especially low temperatures, sensitive to high humidity, good for meat, milk and wool production, also used for research purpose, milk is of good quality containing around 7.1 percent of fat content|
|Weight||Mature ram’s average body weight is around 65 kg, and the mature ewe’s average live body weight is around 50 kg.|
|Climate Tolerance||Almost all climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||Serbia|