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Sheep breeding – new theme of Moldavian stamp

Sheep breeding – new theme of Moldavian stamp
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On August 16, 2014, the post office Chisinau MD-2012 will be released into circulation stamps series "breeds of sheep."

The series consists of two stamps representing Moldavian sheep breeds.

The number of sheep has not practically changed within the last seven years. In 1991 production of wool was 2 900 tonnes, and in 1997 it was 2 700 tonnes. Eighty-five percent of sheep are in households. Moldova is the country traditionally getting milk from the Tsigai breed. This branch of sheep-breeding will develop in the future.

The postage stamp with the face value of 1.20 lei illustrates karakul sheep.

Karakul sheep are a multi-purpose breed, kept for milking, meat, pelts, and wool. As a fat-tailed breed, they have a distinctive meat. Many adult Karakul are double-coated; in this case, people separate the coarse guard hair from the undercoat.

The postage stamp with the face value of 5.75 lei illustrates breed of sheep Tsigai.

Nowadays there are two different breeds of Tsigai. The male Tsigai can grow horns, but this is rare. Generally the sheep has long dangling ears, white wool with some black thread, and its legs and head are black or dark brown. Its skin is dark and the body parts which are covered with keratin are dark grey. The Tsigai only lambs once a year, and rarely bears twins.

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