National Geographic : 1919 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A KARAKUL LAMB NEWLY BORN IN KANSAS, SHOWING BEAUTIFUL GLOSSY CURL have been distributed widely over the United States and Canada, and the rams have been largely mated to ewes of American breeds. Marshall estimated that in 1915 the flocks owned in Texas, Kansas, and New York numbered I,ooo head of grades having one-half or three quarters Karakul blood and 60 head of the pure Karakuls. Since then the numbers have certainly increased, and some very high-grade in- dividuals have been produced. But it will be necessary to import a number of new animals in order to get the industry properly under way. It is also desirable that some of the fat-rump, tailless Kirghiz sheep (see page 83) should be imported, since the suc cessful production of Karakul skins in Bokhara is undoubtedly connected with, if not entirely dependent upon, the use of the large and vigorous Kirghiz ewes.