About Zulu Sheep
Zulu sheep are native to South Africa and are
predominantly raised by rural farmers in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. They
are raised primarily for meat. They belong to the Nguni type of sheep.
Zulu sheep are small, multicolored sheep that
are well suited to the harsh conditions and very tolerate to diseases. In
addition they can walk long distances and have good foraging ability.
Nevertheless, their existence is
threatened. Their place is being taken up by less adapted exotic breeds, either
by replacement or crossbreeding. This change is being driven by the perception,
held by most farmers, that indigenous livestock show poorer performance
compared to their exotic counterparts. This line of thinking has been receiving
political backing over the years in many African countries. Thus breeding programs
put in place in Africa have been geared towards improving this presumed low
productive performance through crossbreeding.
Their appearance varies; they are found in multicolored
shades of brown, black, and white wool or hair, and may be fat-tailed or not.
Zulu rams may be polled or horned, and a they have small "mouse