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India Breeds New High Lambing Percentage ‘Prolific Sheep’

27 August 2015

INDIA – Indian farmers now have a breeding ewe that can produce 75 per cent more lambs, researchers say.

The new breed will help sheep farmer profitability by supplying lambs to the industry capable of breeding more twins and triplets, according to developers at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute.

This follows nearly 20 years of laboratory studies, crossing three Indian breeds – Malpura (pictured), Garole and Patanwadi.

Expected lambing rates are for 140-150 lambs from a flock of 100, as opposed to conventional sheep which the Institute has said produce 80-90 lambs.

Progeny reach a weight of 25 kilos after six months and are worth around 6,000 rupees, around 1,500 rupees more than average market prices, said a CSWRI spokesperson.

Genetic development began in by crossing Garole, a breed originating from eastern India, and the semi-arid sheep the Malpura. Patanwadi genetics were introduced in 2009 to improve milk yields.

A K Shindi, principal scientist at CSWRI, said: “Initially, the result was not up to the mark as it took years of lab work and crossbreeding and reciprocal breeding to come up with right size and better quality of meat.

“The second challenge, which took years, was to come up with an enhanced quality of milk.”

SMK Naqvi, director of CSWRI, said: "We are providing all kind of assistance to the farmers in nearby villages to crossbreed their sheep with our PS to have twins and triplets in a gestation cycle.”

Picture courtesy of CSWRI


Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms.