These sheep originated in the western province of Iran which is known as Hamadan.
In this province, the predominant breed is the Mehraban, reared primarily for meat
production. They number approximately 3 million head.
The results of research indicate that mean birth weight and body weight at 30 and
60 days, weaning weight (90 days) and average daily gain birth to weaning (Kg) is
3.9, 11.76, 17.93, 22.34, and 0.209 respectively (Bathaei 1994, World Review of Animal
Production V29 , N: 1). Multiple births, fertility and survival rate from birth to
weaning Mehraban is high. The wool is a light brown carpet wool quality which was
favored in the famous Iranian carpets of years ago.