Nellore Sheep Breed:
In this article, let us discuss about Nellore sheep breed information.
About the Breed:
This sheep is a meat sheep breed native to northern Andhra Pradesh, primarily the Nellore and Prakasham districts.
Nellore Sheep Breed Features:
This sheep breed is found in three distinct colours- white (palla), white with black spots on the face (Jodipi) and red-brown (dora). The males are horned and the females are polled. The birth weight of lambs is 2.5 – 3 kg. These are relatively tall animals with little hair except at the brisket, withers and breech. The ears are long and drooping, the tail is short and thin and a majority of the animals have wattles. Age at first lambing is 28 months and the lambing percentage in farmers’ flocks through natural service is 73%. The lambing interval is about 14 months, and the litter size is primarily single. Breeding is pure and males are selected on the basis of body size. Dressing percentage on pre-slaughter live-weight basis is 47% and age at slaughter is generally six months.
According to the 18th Livestock 2007, the number of sheep (Nellore) in India are about 6,216,695.
Nellore Sheep Breed Characteristics
|Adult Male||Adult Female|
|Average Body weight (kg)||37||30|
|Average Body length (cm)||68||67|
|Average Height at withers (cm)||76||73|
|Average Chest girth (cm)||75||73|
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