The ambitious calls to catch up and overtake Argentina in the production of meat and wool are heard seriously in the Kazakh press. The Republic of Kazakhstan has important state programs for the revival of almost depleted sheep breeding.
The adoption of the so-called Law on Pastures yielded good results: endless wastelands were returned to agricultural circulation and transferred to grazing. The Turkestan region became the basis for the revival of sheep breeding in Kazakhstan as such and the restoration of the breeding stock of various breeds. For convenience and efficiency, the regions of the region received their specialization: in karakul breeding, fine-fleece sheep breeding or meat breeds.
A radical turning point for changes for the better was outlined four years ago, and Kazakh sheep breeding continues to develop. This year, a record level was reached for the entire post-Soviet period: now the sheep stock has reached the mark of five million. Interestingly, 88 percent of the republic’s sheep flocks are raised on small and medium-sized farms.