- West African Dwarf (sheep)
The West African Dwarf is generally black piebald on white. However, tan piebald on white and the blackbelly pattern are found. Rams weigh approximately 37 kg (82 lb), have a well-developed throat ruff and are horned. Ewes weigh about 25 kg (55 lb) and are usually polled (hornless).
On average, ewes produce 1.15 to 1.50 lambs per lambing. This breed grows slowly as evaluated in Nigeria in the last 1970s. The overall growth rates from 0-90, 91-150 and 151–350 days old were 74, 49 and 33 g/day, respectively.. This breed is also highly tolerant of trypanosome. This breed is thought to go into oestrus throughout the year.
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