The Cholistani sheep is a breed of domestic sheep which was originated from Pakistan. It is mainly found in parts of the districts of Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan and Cholistan tract in Punjab Province.
It is good for both wool and meat production. But raised mainly for meat production in it’s native area.
Total population of the Cholistani sheep breed decreased from 1986 to 1996. And total population decreased from 275,964 to 33,025 respectively.
There were an average of 120 animals per flock in 1986, and artificial insemination was not used. Read some more information about this sheep breed below.
Cholistani Sheep Characteristics
The Cholistani sheep are medium sized animals. They are mainly white in body coloration with a black to brown head and ears. Their ears are small and stubby and have a long tail.
Average body height of the mature rams is around 75 cm at the withers, and around 66 cm for the ewes.
Average live body weight of the mature Cholistani rams is around 48.5 kg. And the mature ewe’s average live body weight is around 34 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The Cholistani sheep very hardy and strong animals, and they are well suited to their local environment.
They are raised mainly for meat production, but are also good for producing wool. The ewes are good mothers with an average litter size of 1.05 lambs.
They are also pretty good for milk production and produce enough milk for their lambs. The ewes on average produce around 45 kg of milk on an average lactation cycle of 110 days.
However, review full breed profile of the Cholistani sheep in the following chart.
|Breed Purpose||Mainly meat, also good for wool|
|Special Notes||Very strong and hardy animals, well suited to local climates, raised mainly for meat production, but also good for producing wool, ewes are good mothers, average litter size is 1.05 lambs, the ewes produce enough milk for their lambs|
|Weight||Mature ram’s live body weight is around 49 kg, and the mature ewe’s average live body weight is around 34 kg.|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Color||Mainly white with black to brown head and ears|
|Country/Place of Origin||Pakistan|