The Uda sheep is a breed of domestic sheep from Africa. It is common in Chand, Northern Cameroon, Northern Nigeria and Niger. There are many varieties of this sheep breed. But usually the back half is white and the front half is brown or black. The breed is also known by some other names such as Pied, Ouda, North Nigerian Fulani, Louda, Houda, Foulbe, Fellata, Bororo, Bali-Bali and Oudah bicolore (French).
It is one of the hair sheep breeds of the Sahel type. The Uda sheep represents the other common type of West African sheep breeds, apart from the West African Dwarf sheep. Today the breed is available in Chand, Norther Cameroon, Niger and Northern Nigeria. And the breed is raised mainly for meat production. However, review full breed profile of the Uda sheep below.
Uda Sheep Characteristics
Uda sheep is a small to medium sized animal. It has very distinctive markings, with the back half being white and the front half of the body is brown or black. Although the color is more variable in certain places, and they can be wholly red or white with red spots or splotches. Coat of these animals is short and stiff, being composed of hair rather than wool. The ewes are polled and the rams have horns. And horns of the rams are spiral that project horizontally from the head.
The ears of the Uda sheep are long and dropped, and the ears can either be white or the same color as the head. Both rams and ewes are about of same size, and they stand around 60 to 65 cm tall at the withers. Photo and info from RightPet and ResearchGate.
Uda sheep is a meat sheep breed. It is raised mainly for meat production.
The Uda sheep are very hardy and strong animals. They are a very robust breed of domesticated sheep, and they can survive the high temperatures and aridity of the Sahel region. They are usually healthy and usually require minimal caring. They require minimum care mainly due to the aridity of where they are traditionally reared. Although, they are not immune to the insect-borne diseases of the rainforest regions of West Africa. In terms of temperament, the Uda sheep are docile.
They are easily managed and having been selected to work closely with humans. They also have a high stamina levels, having been selected over generations to travel with nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples. These animals usually interact very well with people and can be excellent as pets, even for small children. However, review full breed profile of the Uda sheep in the following chart.
Uda Sheep | Breed Profile
|Other Name||Also known by some other names such as Pied, Ouda, North Nigerian Fulani, Louda, Houda, Foulbe, Fellata, Bororo, Bali-Bali and Oudah bicolore (French).|
|Special Notes||Strong and hardy, robust, can survive the high temperatures and aridity of the Sahel region, generally healthy, require minimal care, docile, good to work closely with humans, have a very high stamina levels, good for raising as pets|
|Breed Size||Small to medium|
|Horns||Rams have horns, but the ewes are polled|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Color||Front half is brown or black, and rare half is white, and can also be of other colors|
|Country/Place of Origin||Africa|