In the high mountains of the Peruvian Andes, there are peasant communities that have kept their ancient knowledge related to sheep’s breeding. The Tally-Hi method is being used for shearing livestock, which is fast and gentle with sheep, allowing shearing a great amount of wool in a short period.
According to the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI by its Peruvian acronyms), 80% of Junín wool vary within a range of 23-25 microns, and the weight of each fleece varies between 3 to 5.6 kilos. When grown up, male sheep achieve 74 kilos and female sheep 45 kilos as their live weight. Such livestock is fed with natural pasturelands, which provided uniformity to the wool quality.
This breed has very well adapted to highlands in the Peruvian Andes where they freely graze at more than 3,600 m.a.s.l. Peruvian Junín was classified and considered as a new breed by the University of South Dakota from the United States of America.
Other breeds that are in Peru are the following: Hampshire Down, Black Belly, ASSAF and other Peruvian breed named Asblack but mainly destined for human consumption.