The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) in the first week of July 2016 formally accorded registered breed status on Kendrapara sheep.
As per the research of the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) Department and researchers of Odisha Livestock Resources Development Society and College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry of OUAT, the Kendrapara sheep carries a rare gene mutation during a year-long research.
The genetically rare status will help to boost conservation effort to protect the sheep. Earlier, Odisha’s two buffalo and four cattle breeds were also registered at national level by NBAGR.
About Kendrapara sheep
• Kendrapara sheep is an indigenous variety mainly found in Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts of Odisha.
• The Kendrapara breed was identified as the second in India and sixth in the world to carry FecB mutation gene responsible for multiple births such as twins and triplets.
• The research had recorded more than 80 per cent multiple births, 71 per cent twinning, nine per cent triplet and one per cent quadruplets in a period of 12 months.
• It is the 42nd sheep breed to have been registered in India.
• There are around 123000 Kendrapara sheep heads enumerated in Odisha.
• They are usually called 'deshi' sheep.
• It is breed is of medium stature compact meat type docile animal with very coarse and little-curled hair as body coat.
• The average body weight of the sheep is 18 kg at one year of age and 28 kg at adult stage without any supplementation of feed except grazing.
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Who: Kendrapara sheep
When: First week of July 2016