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Afrino are a fine wool,rndual-purpose sheep.

During the late 1960's, a requestrnwas made to the Department of Agriculture by the wool industry, via the SouthrnAfrican Agricultural Union, to develop a white-wooled breed for extensive sheeprngrazing areas. In 1976, it was evident that the crossing of 25 percent Merino,rn25 percent Ronderib Afrikaner, and 50 percent South African Mutton Merino best fulfilledrnthe requirements set for the new breed.

It was decided to retain onlyrnthis cross for further upgrading and development of the breed known today asrnthe Afrino. Eighty percent of the income from Afrino sheep is generated throughrnmeat production and 20 percent through wool production. The Afrino producesrnMerino-type wool, with a fiber diameter ranging from 19 to 22 microns.


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