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6 January 2024
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In India, farmer families along with farming also rear sheep and goats. Trading in milk, wool, and meat from sheep and goats provides additional livelihood to farmers. Sheep rearing is a better source of income for farmers in animal husbandry business. Small and marginal farmers living in villages can start sheep and goat rearing from a small area. Farmers can earn good income by selling wool, manure, milk and leather products obtained from sheep and goats in the market. Central and state governments make schemes to help farmers in sheep rearing.

These 4 breeds of sheep produce more wool

Gaddi breed of sheep:

  • Generally sheep of medium size.
  • White, brown, and brown-black color is found on the body.
  • Mainly found in Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
  • Male sheep are horned, wool production ranges from 437 to 696 grams.

  • Deccani (Decani) breed sheep:

  • Breed developed in Deccan Plateau of India.
  • It is brown and black in color, wool production is 5 kg annually.
  • Mainly found in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra.

  • Mandya sheep:

    • Found in Mandya district of Karnataka.
    • Small in size and known for best meat production.
    • Each sheep produces 0.372 kg of wool annually.

    Nellore Sheep:

    • Found in northern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
    • Found in different colours, wool is of low quality.
    • The average weight of a male sheep is 36-38 kg, while the average weight of a female sheep is 28 to 30 kg.

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