Characterization and conservation of the Malpura sheep breed
Mehta, S.C.; Vij, P.K.; Joshi, B.K.; Sahai, R. and Nivsarkar, A.E. (1995) Characterization and conservation of the Malpura sheep breed. Animal Genetic Resources Information, 16. pp. 83-91. ISSN 1014-2339
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Observations were recorded on morphologica1 characteristics, body weights and body measurements of 344 Malpura sheep belonging to nine age groups during a survey conducted in 18 randomly selected villages of three blocks of the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. The body weights at birth, 1, 3, 6 and 9 months and adult weight averaged 3.3, 6.7±0.88, 12.9 ± 0.71, 16.4 ± 0.71, 21.0 ± 1.00 and 31.4 kg respectively. Height, body length, chest girth, paunch girth, face length, face width, tail length and ear length of adult Malpura sheep averaged 63.6, 66.8, 77.1, 80.9, 20.7, 9.8, 30.3 and 6.3 cm respectively. Sex of the animal had significant effect on weight, height, body length and chest girth at 8 teeth stage. Phenotypic correlations of body weight with height, chest girth and paunch girth ranged from 0.76±0.04 to 0.88±0.03 and regression of weight on these body measurements ranged from 0.63±0.02 to 0.98±0.05.
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