Breeds - sheep

Breeds - sheep

Breed Image Breed Name Description
Mecheri imagesMecheriSalem, Namakkal and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu. Medium sized light brown in colour. Both sexes are polled. Body covered by very short hairs. Adult male: 35 kg, female: 22 kg
Kilakarsal or Kilakarisal imagesKilakarsal or KilakarisalRamnad, Madurai and Tanjore districts of Tamil Nadu Brown/ dark tan in colour with black spots on head belly and legs. Medium sized ears. Males have thick twisted horns. Most animals have wattle.
Vembur imagesVemburTirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. Tall animals, coat colour is dark tan with black spots on head, belly and legs. Medium sized drooping ears. Males horned. Ewes polled. Body covered with short hairs. Adult male: 34 kg, female: 27 kg.
Coimbatore imagesCoimbatoreCoimbatore and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu. Medium sized animals white with black or brown spots. 30% of males polled. Fleece white hairy and open. Adult male: 24 kg, female: 20 kg
Ramnad White imagesRamnad WhiteRamnad and Sivagangai districts of Tamil Nadu. Medium sized predominantly white. Ears medium sized and directed outward and downward. Males have twisted horns. Ewes polled short and thin tail. Adult male: 31 kg, female: 22 kg
Madras Red imagesMadras RedChennai and Kancheepuram districts of Tamil Nadu. Body colour predominantly brown, the intensity varying from light tan to dark brown. Some animals may have white markings on forehead, inside the thigh and lower abdomen. Medium sized drooping ears. Tail short and thin. Rams have strong, corrugated and twisted horns. Ewes polled. Body covered with short hairs. Adult male: 35 kg, female: 23 kg
Trichy black imagesTrichy blackTrichy, Thiruvannamalai, Dharmapuri districts of Tamil Nadu. Small animals. Body is completely black. Males horned, ewes polled fleece extremely coarse, hairy and open. Ears and tail small. Adult male: 25 kg, female: 18 kg
Nellore imagesNelloreNellore
Mandya imagesMandyaMandya
Panchali sheep imagesPanchali sheepPanchali is a dual purpose sheep reared for milk & meat in Panchal area of Gujarat. Animals are large in size, and have long legs and excellent migration ability. Coat color is white. Head or facial parts are black, blackish brown, brown and light brown in color. Ears are long and pendulous. Tail is long. Udder is well developed. Milk yield ranges from 0.4 to 1.2 litre/day. Animals attain 18 to 20kg body weight at 3 to 4 months of age. Adult weight varies from 53 to 82kg in males and 32 to 73kg in females. Wool is coarse and annual production is nearly one kg.
Balangir imagesBalangirCategory: Meat Home Tract: Orissa Distribution: Northwestern districts of Orissa: Balangir, Sambalpur, Sundargarh. Body: Medium-sized Body coat: White or light brown or of mixed colours. A few animals are also black. Body is covered with coarse, open and colour fleece. Face: Devoid of wool Horns: Males are horned; females are polled. Ears: Small and stumpy Fleece: extremely coarse, hairy and open. Belly: Devoid of wool Legs: Devoid of wool Body weight: Adult males: 23.60±1.06 kg; Adult females: 17.85±0.19 kg Body length: Adult males: 56.50±2.12 cm; Adult females: 53.24±0.26 cm Height at withers: Adult males: 63.00±0.35 cm; Adult females: 62.54±0.28 cm Chest girth: Adult males: 61.25±1.41 cm; Adult females: 57.66±0.28 cm Reproductive Age at first breeding: male 8-12 months Litter size: Single
Bellary imagesBellaryHome Tract: Karnataka Distribution: Bellary district of Karnataka Similar to Deccani. Sheep found to the north of the Tungabhadra River are called “Deccani” and those to the south of it “Bellary”. Body: Medium-sized Body coat: Body colour ranging from white through various combinations of white and black to black. Of 186 animals surveyed, 36.55% were completely black, 22.04% black with white spots, 13.98% black with brown spots, and the rest mottled black, white and brown. Horns: One third of the males are horned; females are generally polled. Ears: Medium, long, flat and drooping Tail: Short and thin Fleece: Extremely coarse, hairy and open Belly: Devoid of wool Legs: Devoid of wool Body weight: Adult males: 35.39±0.99 kg; Adult females: 27.42±0.24 kg Body length: Adult males: 70.83±0.45 cm; Adult females: 64.97±0.24 cm Height at withers: Adult males: 71.78±0.73 cm; Adult females: 67.01±0.30 cm Chest girth: Adult males: 77.78±1.04 cm; Adult females: 71.76
Bakharwal imagesBakharwalThe name of the breed is derived from the nomadic tribe which rears these sheep. Distribution. No distinct home tract; sheep are entirely migratory. Adult ewes weigh between 29 and 36 kg; rams can weigh as much as 55 kg. In adult females, height at withers: 62 cm; body length: 65 cm; chest girth: 82 cm. Medium-sized animals, with a typical Roman nose. The animals are generally white, although coloured fleeces are occasionally observed. All animals are spotted fawn or grey. Rams are horned; ewes are polled. Ears are long and drooping. Tail is small and thin. Fleece is coarse and open. Most of this breed have now been crossed with Merino for improving greasy-wool production and quality for apparel wool and only a very small proportion of flocks still contain pure Bhakarwal animals. The sheep are shorn three times a year. The total annual wool produced, per animal, ranges from 1 to 1.5 kg. The wool quality is from 36s to 40s, with an average fibre diameter varying f
Bonpala imagesBonpalaHome Tract: Sikkim Distribution: Southern Sikkim Body: Tall, leggy, well-built Body coat: Fleece colour ranges from completely white to completely black with a number of intermediary tones. Fleece: Fleece is coarse, hairy and open. Horns: Both sexes are horned Ears: Small and tubular Tail: Thin and short Belly: Devoid of wool Legs: Devoid of wool Body weight: Adult females: kg; 40.78±0.71 kg Body length: 74.48±0.54 kg Height at withers: 72.77±0.45 kg Chest girth: 80.37±0.63 kg Horn length: 11.67±0.75 Tail length: 15.32±0.24 Fleece (annual): 0.400 gm; shorn twice a year
Changthangi imagesChangthangiThe Changra or Changthangi is found in the northern temperate Changthang region of Leh district in Jammu and Kashmir, which is one of the highest plateaus in the world. These goats are largely reared by a nomadic tribe called the ‘Changpa’. The breed is most often white, but is also seen in black, grey or brown. They have large twisted horns. The breed is raised for both meat and the valuable cashmere also known as pashmina. The Changra are also useful as pack animals. The goats are reared under an open grazing system throughout the year. During summer they migrate to high altitude (12,000 to 19,000 ft) alpine pastures for grazing and in winter the herds are brought down to the valleys. Kidding takes place once a year and only a single kid is born. Mature does yield 200 – 300 ml of milk a day once the kids are weaned. About 15 – 20% of the goat population is culled every year and sold to butchers for meat.
Chokla imagesChoklaHome Tract: Rajasthan Distribution: Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and bordering areas of Bikaner, Jaipur and Nagaur districts of Rajasthan. Animals true to the breed type are found in Sikar and Churu districts. Body: Light to medium-sized Body coat: Dense and relatively fine, covering the entire body including the belly and the greater part of the legs. Skin: Pink Face: Generally devoid of wool, is reddish brown or dark brown, and the colour may extend up to the middle of the neck Horns: Both sexes are polled Ears: Small to medium in length and tubular Tail: Thin and of medium length Body weight: Adult males: 34.98±1.06 kg; Adult females: 23.11±0.011kg Body length: Adult males: 67.83±0.724 cm; Adult females: 60.18±0.066 cm Height at withers: Adult males: 66.89±0.507 cm; Adult females: 59.44±0.170 cm Chest girth: Adult males: 77.77±0.784 cm; Adult females: 69.08±0.073 cm Ear length: 7.77±0.09 cm Tail length: 24.57±0.13 cm Age at first breeding: Males - 15 months; Fema
CHOTTANAGPURI  imagesCHOTTANAGPURI Distribution. Chottanagpur, Ranchi, Palamau, Hazaribagh, Singhbhum, Dhanbad and Santhal Parganas of Bihar, and Bankura district of West Bengal. Conformation. Small, light-weight animals, light grey and brown in colour. Ears are small and parallel to the head; ear length: 9.35 ± 0.18 cm (429). Tail is thin and short; tail length: 13.11 ± 0.16 cm (429). Both sexes are polled. Fleece is coarse, hairy and open; it is generally not clipped. Flock structure. Flacks generally consist of 5 to 6 males and 70 to 80 adult females and their young. Breeding. Animals are pure-bred. Production. No information on reproductive or productive performance is available. The animals are shorn three times a year, in March/April, June/July and October/November and produce a yearly average (3, 7) of 0.184 kg (47) of hairy wool with an average fibre diameter of 52.54 μ (6) and a medullation percentage (3, 7) of 83.61%.
Deccani imagesDeccaniHome Tract: Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra Distribution: Greater part of the central peninsular region, comprising the semi-arid areas of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It covers the major part of Maharashtra (especially the Pune Division); parts of Kurnool, Mehboobnagar, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Anantpur, Warrangel and the entire districts of Madak and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh; and Bidar, Bijapur, Gulbarga, and Raichur districts in Karnataka. Body: Medium-sized Body coat: Predominantly black or black with white markings; white and brown/fawn animals are also seen. In a Maharashtra survey, distribution of colour was 54.92% completely black, 21% black with white or brown spots on head and 24% black or white with brown spots. A similar survey in Andhra Pradesh showed 57.18% black, 27.64% white and 15.18% mixed coloured and spotted. Horns: Rams are horned but ewes are polled Ears: Medium, long, flat and drooping Tail: Short and thin Fleece: Extremely coarse, hairy an
Gaddi imagesGaddiThis breed is also known as Bhadarwah. It is native to Kishtwar and Bhadarwah tehsils of Jammu and it is widely distributed in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is a medium sized animal. It is found in wide range of coat colors i.e. brown, black, tan and mixture of these colors. This breed has white color wool. The adult gaddi sheep has an average weight of 29.8kg to 34kg and an average body length is 64-69cm. The average wool yield is 437-696gm depending upon their age.
Ganjam imagesGanjamHome Tract: Orissa Distribution: Koraput, Phulbani and part of Puri district of Orissa. Body: Medium-sized Body coat: Colour ranging from brown to dark tan; some have white spots on the face and body. Nose: Slightly convex Horns: Males are horned; females are polled. Ears: Medium-sized and drooping Tail: Medium long and thin Fleece: Hairy and short; it is not shorn. Body weight: Adult females: kg; 24.18±0.34 kg Body length: 60.42±0.40 cm Height at withers: 66.41±0.35 cm Chest girth: 70.18±0.42 cm Ear length: 13.02±0.17 cm Litter size: Single
Garole  imagesGarole sheep are reputed for multiple births and are found in the Sunderban area of West Bengal. These sheep are reported to have contributed prolificacy to the Booroola Merino sheep. Sundarban area has a sheep population of about 0.16 million. The breed tract is tropical humid. The climate of the area is hot and humid.Garole Wool is for rough carpet use. The average fibre diameter, medullation, staple length and crimp/cm. Were 67.82 µ, 75.17%, 5.09 cm and 2.08 respectively. Litter size at first lambing is two and at subsequent lambing is 2 to 3. Prolificacy reported is singles 25 30%, twins 55 60%, triplets 15 20% and quadruplets 1 2%.
Gurez imagesGurezLargest of the sheep breeds in Jammu and Kashmir. Home Tract: Jammu and Kashmir Distribution: Distributed in the Gurez area of Northern Kashmir. Body coat: Generally white in colour, although some animals are brown or black or have brown or black spots. Fleece: Generally coarse and hairy Horns: A small proportion of the animals have small, pointed horns. Ears: Long, thin and pointed Tail: Thin and short Fleece (annual): 0.5-1.0 kg
Hassan  imagesHassan Distributed in Hassan district of Karnataka. Small sized animals. Animals are having white body with light brown or black spots. Ears are medium-long and drooping; ear length. Majority of males are horned and females are usually polled. Fleece is white, extremely coarse and open; legs and belly are generally devoid of wool. This breed is very hardy and capable to travel long distances.
Jaisalmeri imagesJaisalmeriJaisalmeri breed is found in Jaisalmer, Banner and Jodhpur districts of Rajasthan. Pure specimens are found in south-western Jaisalmer, extending up to north-western Barmer and southern and western Jodhpur. The animals are tall and well built with black or dark brown face and the colour extending up to the neck and typical Roman nose. Long drooping ears, generally with a cartilaginous appendage are seen. Both sexes are polled. The tail is medium to long. The fleece colour is white and fleece is of medium carpet quality and not very dense.
Jalauni imagesJalauniMedium-sized; straight nose line; both sexes are polled; ears are large, flat and drooping; tail is thin and medium in length; belly and legs are devoid of wool. Fleece is coarse, short-stapled, and open and generally white which can be used for carpet industry. Jalauni is also taken for meat purpose.
Karnah imagesKarnahHome Tract: Jammu and Kashmir Distribution: Distributed in Karnah, a mountainous tehsil in North Kashmir. Body: Large Body coat: Wool is generally white in colour Nose: Rams have prominant nose line Horns: Rams have large curved horns Body weight: Adult males: 40–48 kg; Adult females: 29–37 kg Body length: Adult males: 72 cm; Adult females: 59–62 cm Height at withers: Adult males: 70 cm; Adult females: 59–63 cm Chest girth: Adult males: 102 cm; Adult females: 70–75 cm Fleece (annual): 1.0-1.5 kg; shorn twice a year, in spring and autumn.
Kenguri  imagesKenguri Distribution is hilly tracts of Raichur district (particularly Lingasagar, Sethanaur and Gangarati taluks) of Karnataka. Medium-sized animals. The body coat is dark brown or of coconut colour. The breed is also known as Tenguri. Some Kenguri sheep have black belly and are known as Jodka. A few sheep, known as Masaka, are a mixture of brown and black colour. Ears are medium long and drooping. Males are horned; females are generally polled. Kenguri sheep are maintained for mutton. Lactation length varies from 3 to 5 months, and the peak milk production is 300 to 500 ml/day.
Magra imagesMagraMagra sheep is distributed in Bikaner, Nagaur, Jaisalmer and Churu districts of Rajasthan. However, animals true to the breed type are found only in the eastern and southern parts of Bikaner district. The animals are medium to large in size. White face with light brown patches around the eyes is characteristic of this breed. Skin colour is pink Ears are small to medium and tubular. Both sexes are polled. Tail is medium in length and thin. Fleece is of medium carpet quality, extremely white and lustrous and not very dense. The average first six monthly greasy fleece yield (GFY) and adult six monthly GFY of Magra sheep under farmers conditions were 0.979 and 0635 kg Average body weights at birth, six and twelve months of age were 3.04, 20.64 and 29.23 Kg, respectively under field conditions. Fibre diameter was ranged between 32.5 to 38µ with staple length ranged from 4.2 to 6.8cm. Under farm conditions, average body weights at birth, three, six, nine and twelve months of
MaIpura  imagesMaIpura Malpura sheep are found in Jaipur, Tonk, Sawaimadhopur and adjacent areas of Ajmer, Bhilwara and Bundi districts in Rajasthan. The animals are fairly well built, with long legs. Face is light brown. Ears are short and tubular, with a small cartilaginous appendage on the upper side. Both sexes are polled. Tail is medium to long and thin. The fleece is white, extremely coarse and hairy. Belly and legs are devoid of wool. The overall least square means for 1st six monthly and adult annual GFY were 551 and 810g respectively and least square means of birth, 3, 6 and 12 month’s weight of lambs were 3.02, 15.41, 20.80 and 25.60 kg, respectively under farm conditions. The average fibre diameter was 41.67µ with medullation of 75.9 %. Staple length was 4.9cm.
Marwari  imagesMarwari Marwari sheep are distributed in Jodhpur, Jalore, Nagaur, Pali and Barmer districts extending up to Ajmer and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan and the Jeoria region of Gujarat. The animals are medium size with black face, the colour extending to the lower part of neck. Ears are extremely small and tubular. Both sexes are polled. Tail is short to medium and thin. The fleece is white and not very dense. The overall least square means for 1st six monthly, adult six monthly and adult annual were 607.16, 631.25 and 1260.50g, respectively and least square means of birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month’s weight of lambs were 3.05, 14.74, 19.33, 22.85 and 25.90 kg, respectively under farm conditions. Average fibre diameter, medullation and staple length were 31.9µ, 50.8 % and 5.35cm respectively.
Muzzafarnagri imagesMuzzafarnagriThis breed is distributed in Muzzafamagar, Bulandshaher, Sahranpur, Meerut, bijnor and Dehradun districts of Uttar Pradesh and parts of Delhi and Haryana. Pure specimens are found in Muzzafarnagar district. The animals are medium to large in size. Face line is slightly convex. Ears and face are occasionally black. Both sexes are polled. Males occasionally show rudimentary horns. Ears are long and drooping. Tail is extremely long and reaches fetlock. The fleece is white, coarse and open. Belly and legs are devoid of wool. The overall least square means for lambs 1st and 2nd six monthly and adult annual clips were 582.17, 538.75 and 1217.62g, respectively under farm conditions. The overall averages were 3.63, 15.59, 23.52, 27.14 and 30.76kg, respectively at birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month age. Least square means of wool quality attributes viz. fibre diameter, hetro fibres, hairy fibres, medullation and staple length were 38.39±1.36µ, 14.35±1.37%, 46.89±3.42%, 61
Nali imagesNaliThe Nali sheep is found in Ganganagar, Churu and Jhunjhunu districts of Rajasthan, southern part of Hissar and Rotak districts of Haryana. The animals are medium sized. Face colour is light brown and skin colour is pink. Both sexes are polled. Ears are large and leafy. Tail is short to medium and thin. Fleece is white, coarse, dense and long stapled. Forehead, belly and legs are covered with wool. The overall means for 1st six monthly and adult annual were 1.01 and 2.84 Kg, respectively and means of birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month’s weight of lambs were 2.43, 10.74, 14.93, 17.13 and 19.64 kg, respectively under farm conditions. Average fibre diameter, medullation and staple length were 29.89µ, 41.14 % and 6.79cm respectively.
Nilgiri imagesNilgiriNilgiri breed was evolved during the 19th century. It originated from a crossbred base and contains an unknown level of inheritance of Coimbatore, the local hairy breed, Tasmanian Merino, Cheviot and South Down. The animals are medium sized and white, exceptionally with brown patches on face and body. Face line is convex, giving a typical Roman nose. The ears are broad, flat and drooping. Males have horn buds and scurs; females are polled. Attempts have been made by Sheep Breeding Farm, Sandynallah to improve these sheep through crossing with Rambouillet and Russian merino which has resulted in substantial improvement in fleece weight and quality. Means of body weight at birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months of age were 2.74, 9.64, 14.06, 17.04 and 19.44 kg respectively. Average six monthly wool yields were 438g with fibre diameter of 24.3µ and staple length of 4.5cm.
Patanwadi imagesPatanwadiPatanwadi is also called desi, Kutchi, Vadhiyari and Charotari. The animals, in general, are medium to large with relatively long legs. They have typical Roman nose with brown face which may be tan in a few cases. Ears are medium to large, tubular with a hairy tuft. The tail is thin and short. Both sexes are polled. The overall least square means for 1st six monthly and adult annual GFY were 566 and 1063g respectively and least square means of birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month’s weight of lambs were 3.23, 14.26, 17.67, 20.76 and 24.22 kg, respectively under farm conditions. Average fibre diameter and medullation were 29.11µ and 38.41 % respectively.
Poonchi  imagesPoonchi Animals are similar in appearance to Gaddi except being lighter in weight. Predominantly white in colour but spotted sheep varying from brown to light black are also seen. Ears are medium long. Tail is short and thin. Legs are short giving a low-set conformation. Wool is of medium to fine quality, mostly white in colour. It is clipped twice or thrice in a year with annual yield of 1.6 kg/sheep.
Pugal imagesPugalPugal : Pugal area of Bikaner district is its home tract. It is distributed over Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts of Rajasthan. The animals are fairly well built. Face is black with small light brown stripes on either side above the eyes; the lower jaw is typically light brown. The black colour may extend to neck. Ears are short and tubular. Both sexes are polled. Tail is short to medium and thin. The fleece is white.
Rampur Bushair imagesRampur BushairMedium-sized. Fleece colour is predominantly white, but brown, black and tan colour are also seen in varying proportions. Ears are long and drooping. Roman nose. Males are horned but most of the females are polled. Legs, belly and face are devoid of wool. Fleece is of medium quality and dense. This breed is also good for meat.
Shahabadi imagesShahabadiShahabadi is found in Shahabad, Patna and Gaya districts of Bihar/Jharkhand state. The animals are of medium size and leggy. The fleece is mostly grey and sometimes with black spots. The ears are of medium size and drooping. The tail is extremely long and thin. Both sexes are polled. Their legs and belly are devoid of wool. Fleece is extremely coarse, hairy and open. Average six monthly greasy fleece yield is 240 g. Fibre diameter is 49.83 µ with Medullation percent of 87.08.
Sonadi imagesSonadiSonadi is found in Udaipur and Dungarpur districts and, to some extent, Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan and also extends to northern Gujarat. The Animals are fairly well built, somewhat smaller than Malpura, with long legs. Light brown face with the colour extending to the middle of the neck. Ears are large, flat and drooping; Ears generally have a cartilaginous appendage. Tail is long and thin. The fleece is white, extremely coarse and hairy. Belly and legs are devoid of wool. The overall least square means for 1st six monthly and adult six monthly were 528 and 417g respectively and least square means of birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month’s weight of lambs were 2.52, 10.78, 14.98, 17.32 and 21.76 kg, respectively under farm conditions.
Tibetan imagesTibetanThe Tibetan breed is found in northern Sikkirn and Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Animals are medium sized, mostly white with black or brown face; brown and white spots are also found on the body. Both the sexes are horned. The nose is convex, giving a typical Roman nose. The ears are small, broad and drooping. The fleece is relatively fine and dense. The belly, legs and faces are devoid of wool. Average six monthly greasy fleece yield ranges between 400-900 g. Staple length is 7.24 cm, Fibre diameter is 19.3 µ with Medullation percent of 13.22.
Katchaikatty Black imagesKatchaikatty BlackKatchaikatty Black sheep are maintained in small flocks in Vedipatti taluka of Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. Animals are medium in size with compact body and are black in colour. Coat type is hairy. The breed is reared for meat and manure. Rams are well known for fighting.
Chevaadu imagesChevaaduCategory: Meat Home tract: Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu Body: Small to medium in size Body coat: Two colour variant viz. light brown and dark brown or tan. The intensity of coat colour varied from light brown to tan. In general, dorsal part of the body is light brown in colour and in the ventral part (from the jaw to inguinal region). The brown colour is lighter than in the dorsal part. These animals are called as “Arichevaadu”. Rams of such breed description are selected for breeding in most of the flocks. The dark brown/tan coat colour sheep is named as “Karunchevaadu” and appeared similar to Madras Red breed of sheep. Body weight: Adult 18-39 kg Age at first breeding: 9 months for male; 12 months for females Age at first lambing: 18 months Lambing interval: 258 days Gestation period: 148 days Litter size: Single with rare case of twinning
Kendrapada imagesKendrapadaHome Tract: West Bengal Distribution: Distributed in Kendrapada, Jagatsingpur, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Konark and Puri district of coastal area of Orissa. Body: Small Body coat: Coat colour varies from white to dark brown. Some black animals and black/ white spot on body. Horns: Males are horned Body weight: Adult 24-30 kg It is 2nd sheep breed of India which carry FecB mutation. Prolific and excellent medium stature meat type sheep.
Sandyno imagesSandynoSandyno breed was developed by crossing Nilagiri sheep with Merino and Rambouillet. The breed has ¾ inheritance from Nilagiri and 5/8 inheritance from Merino / Rambouillet breeds. The breed has been field tested and found to adapt well to the local climatic and environmental conditions. The Sandyno sheep grow to a body weight of 24 kg in males and 20 kg in females at yearling stage. The average wool yield is 2.2 kg. A flock of 320 sheep of Sandyno breed is maintained at Sheep Breeding Research Station, Sandynallah, TamilNadu.
Kheri imagesKherisheep evolved in the farmers flock under the field conditions especially in the areas that are important for sheep migration in Rajasthan appears to be a need of migratory sheep breeders. The animals of this breed have established owing to their ability to walk long distances and ability to survive on limited amount of coarse feed. The animals of this breed can sustain stress and on return of favorable condition regain faster resulting in better reproduction rate and growth of lambs as compared to prevalent breeds in the area.
Kashmir Merino imagesKashmir MerinoThis breed originated from crosses of different Merino types with predominantly migratory native sheep breeds such as Gaddi, Bhakarwal and Poonchi. The level of inheritance varies from very low to almost 100 per cent Merino, though a level from 50 to 75 per cent predominates. The animals are highly variable because of the involvement of a number of native breeds. The annual greasy fleece weight (kg) is 2.80 having average fibre diameter of 20.4µ.
Hissardale imagesHissardaleHissardale was evolved at the Government Livestock Farm, Hissar, through crossbreeding Australian Merino rams with Bikaneri (Magra) ewes and stabilizing the exotic inheritance at about 75 per cent. There is a small flock of this breed at the Government Livestock Farm, Hissar. The rams of this breed were earlier distributed in the hilly regions of Kullu, Kangra etc.
Bharat Merino Sheep imagesBharat Merino SheepBharat Merino sheep developed by crossbreeding indigenous Chokla and Nali sheep with Rambouillet and Merino rams and stabilised at 75% exotic inheritance has the potential as an import substitute for exotic fine wool inheritance. The annual greasy wool production is 2.5 kg with fibre diameter of 19 20 microns, medullation less than one percent and staple length in annual clip at Mannavanur of 7 8 cm. From SRRC, Mannavanur Bharat Merino sheep were distributed to Kolar District of Karnataka and in Sathyamangalam and Thalavadi areas of Erode District in Tamilnadu. The average body weight of Bharat Merino sheep at Kolar District was found to be 45 kg and 32 kg, ranged from 38-70 kg and 28-40 kg for adult male and female respectively. Birth weight of lamb was 4.0 kg with range of 3.5-4.5 kg. The weight at 3, 6, and 12 months were 18, 25 and 30 kg, respectively.
Avikalin imagesAvikalinAvikalin strain has been evolved from Rambouillet x Malpura half-bred base through inter breeding and selection for greasy fleece weight, producing about 1.75 kg greasy wool having 27 microns diameter, 27% medullation and staple length of 4.75 cm in half yearly clip. This breed is quite suitable as a dual purpose sheep for carpet wool and mutton production.