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Let us discuss about Poonchi sheep profile in the below given article.
Distribution. This sheep breed, as its name suggests, is native to the Poonch and Rajouri districts of the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Poonchi Sheep Breed Characteristics
- Size. The weight of the poonchi sheep adult ram ranges from 35 to 40 kg, that of a ewe from 25 to 30 kg. Weight of females at 2½ years: 27.64 ± 2.00 kg. Average height at withers of adult female: 57.0 ± 1.89 cm; body length: 56.7 ± 1.97 cm; chest girth: 72.6 ± 2.63 cm.
- Conformation. Similar in appearance to Gaddi, but lighter. Animals are predominantly white in colour, including the face, but spotted sheep are also seen, varying from brown to light black. Ears are medium long. Tail is short and thin. Legs are also short, giving a low-set conformation.
Sheep Breeding. Most of the flocks are being crossed with Merinos to improve greasy wool production and quality for apparel wool and thus now contain cross-breds with a varying level of Merino inheritance.
Performance. Wool is of medium to fine quality, mostly white in colour. Sheep are shorn three times a year and produce between 0.9 to 1.3 kg of greasy wool each per year. Fibre length ranges between 15 to 18 cm and average fiber diameter ranges between 22 and 30 μ.
According to the 18th Livestock Census of 2007, there are 35,282 Poonchi sheep left in India.