La production laitière et les produits laitiers
 

Tuareg girl milking sheep in the Saharian Irhazer Plain North Niger

Copyright Thomas Sommerhalter
Country Niger

 

In the arid plains of Northern Niger, called Irhazer, west of the Air Mountains the Touareg people raise and milk a robust local sheep breed they call "Ebirgual" and which is part of the Ara-Ara sheep breed family. The milk is drunk fresh but mainly used to produce a delicious cheese, conserved for consumption in the dry season. This hardy drought resistant breed is threatened by crossbreeding with other bigger framed white coloured sheep breeds. Big white sheep fetch a better price on the market in particular at Tabaski. Efforts are needed to conserve the local breed.