|South Texas Angora Goats
The Racka is a breed of sheep known for its unusual spiral-shaped horns.
These unique horns are unlike those of any other domestic sheep, and may
grow up to 2.0 ft (0.61 m) long. The smallest standard length is 20 in (51
cm) for rams and 12–15 in (30–38 cm) for ewes.
Originating in Hungary, the Racka has existed since at least the 1800’s,
when the first registry was established. It is a hardy, multi-purpose breed
used for milking, wool and meat. Their wool is long and coarse, and
appears in two general types: a cream colored wool with light brown faces
and legs, and a black variation. Ewes weigh around 88 lb (40 kg), and
rams 132 lb (60 kg).
The breeds unique appearance and quiet disposition make it a desirable
animal for hobby and game ranch situations.
This breed is unique with both sexes possessing long spiral shaped horns.
The cork-screw horns protrude almost straight upward from the top of the
There are two major color patterns with the Racka. A most common color
is brown wool covering the heads and legs with the fiber varying in color
from dark brown to light brown and white. Individuals can also be solid
black. The wool tips on the black colored sheep fades to a reddish black
with exposure to sunlight and as they get older the points of the fiber turns
gray. The fiber diameter varies within this breed and generally is found to
be 12 to 40 microns with a yield of 38% to 65%. Staple length is
approximately 30 cm (12 in). Fleece weight must be at least 3 kg (6.6 lb)
for rams. The softness and crimp of the wool ideal for handspinners.
The minimum acceptable mature body weight for ewes is 40 kg (88 lb) and
for rams 60 kg (130 lb). The rams average 72 cm (28 in) in height.
Racka’s in the United States:
In 2005 the first Racks semen was inported from the Netherlands into the
Unites States by Mr. Martin Dally of Super Sire, Ltd.
The first AI procedure was performed in Wisconsin in 2006 on 3 or 4
In 2008 Mr. Dally performed AI procedures on two Shetland ewe's and
one Black Welch Mountain ewe for Ms.Natalie Redding in Temecula, CA.
In 2010 Ms. Redding transferred her two Shetland ewe's, one Black Welch
Mountain ewe, four 50% Racka ewe's, one 50% Racka ram and one 25%
Racka ram to Pat and Tracy Ross of South Texas Angora Goats in Harper,
On October 9, 2010 Martin Dally performed AI procedures on four 50%
Racka ewe's and six Jacobs ewe's for Pat and Tracy Ross of South Texas
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