Photos by Ehsan Kamaly, Mehr News Agency
More than 1.6 million people in Iran are directly involved in sheep and goats breeding which plays a significant economic role in rural and nomadic livelihood. These photos show the villagers and nomads in the northeastern province of Khorasan engaged in breeding sheep.
Iranian sheep and goats have the world's sixth and fifth ranks for the quality of their meat and milk. Additionally, based on archeological findings dating back 6000 years, the hilly region of Sarab in Iran was the origin of the world's wool-sheep.
In a 2000 census, it was reported that sheep and goat populations reached to 54 and 27 million heads respectively accounting for a GDP equal to $7.6 billion. This potential composes 400,000 tons of meat, 820,000 tons of milk, 60,000 tons of wool, 8400 tons of goat fuzz and hair, 22 million skins and 188,000 tons of guts. (read more)
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