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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Abstract

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.

EPrint Type:Article
Additional Information:Malpura breed of sheep is well known for the production of coarde carpet wool and is a good producer of milk
Uncontrolled Keywords:Malpura Sheep, Conservation, Characterization, Body Measurements, Phenotypic Correlations, Weight
Subjects:Investigative Techniques > Body Weights and Measures
Population Characteristics > Population
Geographic Locations > Asia > Asia, Western > India
Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures > Physical Examination > Body Constitution > Body Weights and Measures > Body Size
Animals > Chordata > Vertebrates > Mammals > Artiodactyla > Ruminants > Sheep
Animals > Animal Population Groups
Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures > Physical Examination > Body Constitution > Body Weights and Measures > Body Size > Body Weight
ID Code:2333
Deposited By:Dr S.C. Mehta
Deposited On:21 September 2007

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