Funding for this research was provided by:
The Major Output Research Topic of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS-ZDXT2018006)
The Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS-ASTIP-2015-LIHPS)
The Modern China Wool Cashmere Technology Research System (CARS-39-02)
Received: 27 December 2020
Accepted: 19 January 2021
First Online: 18 February 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical permission to collect blood samples from sheep for genetic studies was approved by the Animal Management and Ethics Committee of the Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Permit No.SYXK-2016-0039). As the sheep owners’ inability to write, they verbally consented that samples were taken from their sheep and used for research. This procedure was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.