Sheep is an important species of live stock in India contributing to food, fibre, rural employment and gross product. This has special importance in arid, semi-arid and hilly areas where dairy farming is not so economical. Sheep contributes through mutton, skin and wool. The export of wool and west hand knotted carpets exceeds Rs. 120 crores. Our country has vast genetic resources of sheep comprising about 40 breeds. Most of wool producing sheep breeds produces carpet type wool. Nearly 50 percent of sheep in southern peninsular region produce extremely coarse wool and this is also true with sheep in eastern region which produce hairy fleece.
After going this lesson, you will be able to:
- differentiate between indigenous and exotic breeds of sheep
- explain feeding of pre-weaning lambs
- describe different structures for housing sheep
- explain the concept of managerial practices