The world’s sheep population reached an estimated 1,132 million in 1982. Approximateiy 634 million head, 56% of the total population, are found in developing countries primarily in small, crop/livestock farms and in-livestock herds kept by pastoralists. Sheep products contribute substantially to the well-being of millions of families :’.iving in developing countries as annual production of sheep meat, milk, wool and skins in these countries amounts to 2.7, 4.3, 0.54 and 0.55 million metric tons, respectively. Production of these commodities varies in importance from one developing region to another, so does the contribution of sheep to the total regional supply of meat and milk. In North Africa and the Middle East, for example, sheep provide nearly one-third of the Zotal meat supply. Other developing regions where sheep contribute substantially to the meat supply include the Indian subcontinent and Central and Southern Africa.