Thorghuazi or Waziri Sheep Breed

Habitat: The original area of the breed is Zhob (Thora khula, Shighala, Chukhen, Kunder.Mandokhail, Sherani, Harifal, Babar, Kakar), Musakhail district (Kudazi, and Essot areas). The breed is mainly found in Waziristan of FATA (federally administrated areas). The tribes of the breed are mainly Ghourghasti clans of Pashtoon i.e. Kakar, MandoKhail, Kudazai Musakhail and Essot.

Phenotypic characteristics: The sheep is white in color with black ear or complete face. The wool is fine and dense. The body size is larger than that of Kajalle.

Vegetation: The vegetation of the area like by the breed is consisting of Saba, Sargarre, Warrwashai, Spinazghai, Viza, Ghalmai, Zumai, Paha, Tharkha. Zumai and Ghalmai.

Population: The population size is almost 350,000 and the trend is increasing.

Special traits:

  • Mountainous in nature like goat
  • Well in training and obey the orders of shepherd
  • Snow white wool
  • More weight and height compare to Kajalle
  • The ghee is fattier (more density) (Stokh) than any other breed of the region.
  • Prolificacy rate is more, i.e. more number of offspring in life time of the ewe
  • Good learning and obedient animal with the shepherd and owner

Option hope: can use the vegetation of high altitude and consume woody vegetation.

Economic importance: Source of income and livelihood. Wool is more economically important, but now a day the prices have gone very low. Good for hard days. The pastoral people never intend to sell their animals regularly, especially female but only sell in hard days.

Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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