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The Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute is a premier institute of Indian Council of Agricultural Research engaged in research, training and extension activities on sheep and rabbits. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

Production performance of Dumba (Fat tail) sheep at ICAR-CSWRI, Avikanagar


In view of the ever increasing demand of meat, largebody size with rapid growth efficiency is the current need of the sheep farming in the country.The production of Dumba (Fat tail) sheepseems to be one of the option for enhancing meat production and bridging the gap between demand and availability of meat in the country. Two years back the production of Dumba sheep was started at ICAR-CSWRI, Avikanagar. The growth performance of Dumba and its crosses is given below in the tables. The faster growth of these animals as indicated by higher body weights at different age shows the potential of Dumba sheep in enhancing the mutton production.

Body weight (kg) of Dumba

 

Male

Female

Pooled

Maximum

Birth

4.16

3.58

3.87

5.6

3 month

30.28

31.18

30.73

39.5

6 month

43.55

44.56

44.06

51.7

9 month

64.6

56.55

60.58

81.6

12 month

81.6

66.25

73.93

90.2

 

Body weight (kg) of Dumba crosses

 

Male

Female

Pooled

Maximum

Birth

3.65

3.42

3.53

5.3

3 month

19.93

18.45

19.19

29.2

6 month

31.79

27.24

29.51

46.7

9 month

50.75

30.28

40.51

58.8

12 month

72.0

34.22

53.11

72.0

  

 

 

Dumba cross lambs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Institute provides elite rams of Marwari, Magra Chokla, Malpura, Avikalin and Bharat Merino, elite bucks of Sirohi and broiler and Angora rabbit on book values to farmers, NGOs and development agencies etc. Institute disseminates the technology developed on sheep and rabbit production and utilization and improves knowledge and skill through training, consultancy, contract research, contract service, incentive and reward so that knowledge and skills developed are fruitfully utilized. Institute sold impregnated sponges and area specific mineral mixture, cenchrus grass seed and sheep manure etc. Artificial insemination, vaccination, drenching and other inputs are regularly extended to farmers as a part of technology transfer programme.

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