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Journal of Animal Health and Production

Research Article
J. Anim. Health. Prod. 6(4): 111-116
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Mohan Lal Choudhary, Vijay Kumar, Subhash Chander Goswami, Vikramjit Singh*, Vijay Kumar

Department of Livestock Production Management, College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner (Raj)-334001, India.

Abstract | The data were collected from 120 sheep rearers selected from 8 villages of two Tehsil of Bikaner district.The information was collected from respondents on breeding practices of sheep by an interview schedule. The maximum at 73.33% respondents detected heat. Age at first mating of sheep was recorded highest (69.16%) for 12-18 months age%. About 74.17% respondents possess own breeding ram while 78.33% were using breeding ram from own flock. Estrus during rainy season was observed by 56.67% respondents. Overall 27.50% of respondents of surveyed population were not aware about castration of male lamb. The physical appearance /breed characteristic were used as a common criterion for selecting the breeding ram by 77.50% while, only 22.50% respondents used body weight/health for selecting breeding ram. Treatment of anoestrus was not common in different flock size respondents whereas, 4.17% were well aware to provide anoestrus treatment. The overall results depicted that breeding ram, selection of breeding ram and veterinary aid during lambing practices were significantly (p< 0.05) associated with flock size, whereas, remaining practices pertaining to breeding in the experimental area were non-significant (p> 0.05)with the flock size.

Keywords | Breeding ram, Anoestrus, Respondents, Castration, Flock size