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Abstract

Reproduction performance of Kashmir Merino sheep at an organized farm of Kashmir.

Abstract

Background: Kashmir Merino sheep breed is being developed by croosing native sheep breeds like poonchi, bakerwal and gadi with exotic sheep breeds like Australian Merino Rams. Currently Kashmir Merino sheep breed is being maintained at the 8 Government sheep breeding farms of Kashmir Valley. Methods: The data pertaining to Kashmir Merino sheep ranging over 18 years (2001 to 2010 and 2012 to 2019) was analysed using descriptive stastics to estimate lambing and twining percentage, incidence of abortion, dystocia and still births. Data was obtained from lambing records of Kashmir Merino sheep, maintained at Sheep Breeding Farm Kralpathri. Result: In present investigation, overall percentage of lambing and twining was 82.49% and 0.33%, respectively and incidence of rate of abortions, still births and dystocia of 1.29%, 1.20% and 0.91%, respectively were observed in Kashmir Merino sheep. It was observed that with increase incidence of still births, dystocia and abortions, there is decrease in lambing percentage whereas incidence of twining percentage increases lambing percentage significantly. The lambing percentage can be increase by improving management and Fec-B intrograssion in Kashmir Merino sheep.