Annual hair yield attribute in indigenous camel breeds
Bhakat, C.; Mehta, S.C. and Sahani, M.S. (2003) Annual hair yield attribute in indigenous camel breeds. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 73 (10). pp. 1189-1191. ISSN 0367-8318
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The camel hair and its products can be an important source of additional income for camel keepers. Yearly hair production data from 816 Indian dromedary camels belonging to 3 elite breeds that belong to 5 different age groups were recorded for 4 different years. The mean annual hair production varied form 0.547 ± 0.015 kg (above 6 year age group) to 1.076 ± 0.025 kg (3 year age group). The Bikaneri breed of camel produced maximum annual hair yield followed by Jaisalmeri and Kachchhi breed. The least squares analysis indicated significant (P < 0.01) effect of breed factors on annual hair production. The male camel produced significantly (P<0.01) heavier annual hair clip than female in all breeds and all age group cases. Annual hair yield was significantly (P <0.01) influenced by sex factor. The highest annual hair production was observed in 3year age group followed by 2, 4-6, 1year and 6 years age group. Age of camel had a significant (P<0.01) effect on annual hair production. The interaction between genetic group and sex was significant (P< 0.05) on annual hair production.
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