Baluchi Sheep characteristics

Baluchi sheep are primarily raised for wool production which is originated from southern Afghanistan, eastern Iran and southwest Pakistan.

Baluchi Sheep breed information

A small sized hardy breed from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. Well adapted to harsh climatic conditions. They are excellent foragers.

White wool with blackface, with black marks on the head and legs. and a member of the fat-tailed breed.

Both rams and ewes are polled( no horns).

The lactation period is for 125 days

, which produces 40 to 50 kg of milk.

A Mature Ram weighs around 40 kg (88 lb)  and a mature ewe is around 35 kg (77 lb).

Meat production is low, but few prefer their delicious meat.

Main purpose is for wool production, which can produce 1.3 to 1.8 kg per year. The wool is carpet quality and white in color.

The average annual fleece weight is between 1.3 and 1.8 kg.

Things to know

Baluchi sheep also are known by many names some are here Araghi, Baluchi Dumda, Farahani, Khorasani, Khurasani, Mengali, Neini, Naeini, Mengali, Shinwari, Taraki, and Yazdi.


The Baluchi sheep account for over 29% of all Iran’s sheep populations.

Brief characteristics of Baluchi Sheep

Breed NameBaluchi sheep
Other NameAraghi, Baluchi Dumda, Farahani, Khorasani, Khurasani, Mengali, Neini, Naeini, Mengali, Shinwari, Taraki and Yazdi.
Country/Place of Origin Southern Afghanistan, eastern Iran, and southwest Pakistan.
Breed Purposewool and  meat
Breed Sizesmall
 40 kg (88 lb)
Ewe(Female)35 kg (77 lb)
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing
Climate ToleranceNative Climates


Ebrahim Nooriyan Sooror, M.Sc of Animal Genetic Improvement, Dep of Anim Sci, Research Center of Jihad Keshvarzi, Hamedan , Iran

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

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