Live sheep for sale in Romania. Tsurcana, Tsigai or Karakul?


The fact that Romania has one of the largest sheep flock in the EU it’s already a well-known thing for everyone. Actually, according to Eurostat statistics, Romania occupies the 3rd position, after UK and Spain, with more than 9,8 million heads of ewes in the country, in 2016.

So sheep keeping was, is and will continue to be an important part of Romanian agriculture. And because, due to favorable geographic positioning, close to Central Europe and with access to the Black Sea, the Romanian sheep breeders consistently exports livestock in in some Europe states, and, via sea routes, in countries like Libia, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel or Lebanon, let`s see which are the most important sheep breeds from this country and which are the main characteristics of each of them.

The Tsurcana Sheep

The Tsurcana Sheep is the first most important sheep breed in Romania, with 69.9 {f622f7e5f7e5d806c2139b1a71e4cdb78476c780d42bb46e576367634e5daa08} of all sheep. Also called “The Queen of the Mountains”, “Mountain peasant” or “Valachian sheep”, it is very well adapted to the alpine pasture and it is a multi-purpose breed raised for milk, meat and wool production.

Tsurcanas have a denser underwool and are white, grey or black. The rams of this breed are, usually, about 60-80 kg and have strong spiral-shaped horns, while ewes are 40-55 kg and just about 50{f622f7e5f7e5d806c2139b1a71e4cdb78476c780d42bb46e576367634e5daa08} of them have horns.

The Tsigai Sheep

Is the second most important sheep breed in Romania, with 24.3 {f622f7e5f7e5d806c2139b1a71e4cdb78476c780d42bb46e576367634e5daa08} of the national sheep herds.

This breed is kept extensively in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions with large pasture areas.

Tsigai sheep are a multipurpose sheep breed with a live weight of 79 to 90 kg. Rams are horned or polled and ewes are polled or have small horns. Their wool is white with brown, reddish or spotted face and legs.

Karakul Sheep

Karakul sheep belongs to the fat-tailed or fat-rumped group of breeds that is characterised by the fat deposit at the base of the tail.

The meat of this breed of sheep have a good quality and the fat from tail has a distinctive texture and flavour that are highly valued in central Asian cuisine and not only!

In Romania, the Karakul was imported in the 19th century and re-named Romanian Karakul. The breed is very adaptable and can thrive in different climatic conditions.

Karakul sheep are medium-sized and weighed 60-85 kg, while the ewes weighed 45-60 kg and were 65-70 cm tall.

Looking for a reliable Romanian livestock exporter?

Like I said at the beginning, the Romanian sheep breeders consistently exports livestock in Europe, and, via sea routes to the Mediterranean region, in North Africa and on Eastern Mediterranean coast. The prices are great and some livestock exporters can provide shipments of lambs and ewes including to countries from Arab Peninsula like Israel and Lebanon.

But you certainly want to buy from an exporter who has all the necessary authorizations to be sure of the quality of what you pay. We recommend you Seradria, one of the biggest Romanian exporters, with experience in the sheep breeding, slaughtering and trading from 1994.

The Seradria farm is created in accordance with all standardization required by the Union European and has all the necessary conditions and utilities for livestock, fattening, veterinary treating and sale of the sheep and cattle.

More than that, for Israel, Seradria castrates all the lambs that are prepared for export, and also make all the blood analysis and vaccines required by the Israel authorities.

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