About Damani Sheep
Damani sheep are
a dual-purpose (meat and wool) sheep from Pakistan. They are mainly found in
the Dera Ismail Khan district and part of the Bannu district in the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
Damani are small
to medium sized, strong, and well adapted to their local environments. They are
generally with white with a black or tan colored head and camel-colored legs.
Their ears are small, and the udder and teats of the ewes are well developed.
The average body height of the mature rams is around 61 cm at the withers, and
around 53 cm for the ewes.
They yield is
about 1.5 kg of coarse fiber, per year. The rams on average weight around 2.7
kg at birth and the ewes around 2.5 kg; with an average litter size is one. The
ewes are also pretty good milk producers, with an average milk production of
around 80 kg during lactation. Their lactation period is about or over 120
days. The milk is of pretty good quality with around 5.8 percent fat.
Their numbers decreased
from over a million in 1986 to approximately 600000 in 2006.