Racka sheep : Long cork-screw shaped horns

Racka sheep raised mainly for milk, wool, and meat. The breed is originated from the North Africa. Later the breed has been kept by Hungarians for many centuries. The unique about this breed is their horns, the mature ram horns can grow as long as 2 feet and they are spiral-shaped like cork-screw. The horns protrude almost straight upward from the top of the head.

Racka sheep breed information

Racka sheep are medium-sized which are dark brown to light brown in color.

The Racka breed is multi-purpose sheep that serves good milk, wool, and meat.

The adult Racka ram weighs 60 kg (132 lb) and ewe weighs 40 kg (88 lb).

The height of adult ram is 72 cm at withers and ewe is a few centimeters less.

The Racka is a hardy animal with a quiet disposition.

Racka comes in two colors, one is brown wool covering the legs and head with fiber varying from light brown to dark brown. Another color is solid black. AS the black ones get older the color turns to reddish black. and even to gray.

The fleece weight of Racka is 3 kg with a staple length of 30 cm and a fiber diameter of 12 to 40 microns. The softness and crimp of the wool would indicate its interest in hand spinners.

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Things to know

For centuries only Hungarians had Racka breed. Now it’s all over the world,  like in growing numbers in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, thanks for their long spiral horns.

Now the largest stocks are found in the Hortobágy steppes of Hungary.

Most of the farmers who own Racka are because of their unique appearance and quiet disposition.

Due to their hardy nature, the breed is used for crossbreeding to pass this survivability to its offspring.

Racka sheep characteristics

Breed NameRacka sheep
Other NameRatca (Romanian), Hortobágy Racka, Hungarian Zackel
Country/Place of OriginNorth Africa
Breed Purposeamericamilk, wool, and meat
Breed Sizemedium
Weight
Ram(Male)
 60 kg (132 lb)
Ewe(Female)40 kg (88 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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