Heavy Tail Sheep

Heavy Tail Sheep

Heavy Tail Sheep

Image from page 44 of "Animal products;" (1877), original Text: AFRICAN FAT-TAILED SHEEP. There is a peculiar broad-tailed sheep met with in Asia Minorand Africa, which deserves to be incidentally noticed. In someparts of these countries, for example, in Cappadocia or Caramania,they have innumerable troops of sheep, which differ from those ofEurope, by having a tail which is a mass of fat, and has often tobe supported by a species of carriage. This variety has been 22 FOREIGN BREEDS OF SHEEP. known from the time of Herodotus. From Constantinople to»Smyrna, and in all the adjacent districts, these sheep are eaten,and the tail is reckoned a peculiar delicacy. The wool, however,,is coarse. This sheep is less common in Egypt, but is foundin many parts of South Africa, among the Dutch. In the East,,where pork is abhorred, this tail-fat is used, instead of lard andbutter. The sheep of the Kokan territory in Central Asia are of thislarge description, with heavy tails, which weigh, according to Mr.Michel, from 20 to 40 lbs. ! Source Flickr, in public domain.

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