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A white Somali sheep with a black head standing in the grass.Also Known As: Berbera Blackhead, Blackheaded Somali, Pecora somala a testa nera (Italian), Ogaden


The Somali is a hair sheep which is reared primarily for meat production. They are white with a black head. Both sexes are polled and the breed belongs to the fat-rumped type.


The Blackhead Persian, which was developed in South Africa, originated from the Somali breed.




Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

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