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Karayaka are multi-purpose sheep from Turkey. They are goodrnfor producing both meat and milk, and their wool is also used in carpets. Theyrnare mostly found in the northern Anatolia in Turkey, and are stronglyrnidentified with the village of Karayaka. They are also found along the easternrnhalf of the Black Sea coast, especially in Giresun, Ordu, Sinop, Samsun, andrnTokat. And they are also raised in Duzce, in the region of Western Black sea.rnThe quality of grazing in the areas where these animals are distributed isrnquite high. And grazing season in these areas is longer than in most of thernother regions. Flock size of the Karayaka sheep varies from 5 to 200 heads. Thernflocks are usually smaller in size in the coastal areas and larger in the innerrnparts/regions of the country. Most of the animals go to the mountains in thernsummer in large communal flocks, and usually return in the winter.

There were around 1.7 million Karayaka sheep available inrnTurkey in the year of 1983. And that number was about 3.5 percent of the totalrnsheep population there. But today, their total numbers has decreased to aroundrn800,000, mainly due to occasions of crossbreeding. Their total numbers alsorndecreased for the farmers, shifting to raising other more profitable sheeprnbreeds.

rnrnKarayaka are small sheep. They are usually white with blackrneyes or black legs and head. Sometimes, black or brown animals are also seen.rnThese animals are classified as a long-thin tailed breed. The rams usually havernthick spiral horns, and the ewes are generally polled or hornless. The ewes onrnaverage stand around 24.1 inches at the withers, and the rams are larger thanrnthe ewes.

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