Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Research Article
Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 9(5): 669-673
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Mudassar Jehan1, Masroor Ahmed Bajwa2, Mohammad Masood Tariq2, Asim Faraz3*, Ecevit Eyduran4, Majed Rafeeq2, Abdul Waheed3, Muhammad Zahid Mustafa2, Jameel Ahmad1, Muhammad Ali2

1Livestock and Dairy Development Department Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan; 2Center for Advanced studies in Vaccinology and Biotechnology (CASVAB), University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan; 3Department of Livestock and Poultry Production, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan; 4Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration, Iğdır University, Iğdır, Turkey.

Abstract | The current study was conducted to know about the management practices, production system, and parameters of Balochi sheep. This sheep is highly adaptive to agro-climatic conditions of Balochistan. Data of Balochi sheep (n=7049) from fifteen villages of three districts were collected regarding nutrition, administration practices, physical condition, and productive concert through performa and individual perceptions. Body weight and biometric measurements were recorded regularly for rams (n=680) and ewes (n=840) from three districts namely Kalat, Mastung, Quetta and from Multi-Purpose Sheep Research Station Yetabad, Loralai (MSRSYL). Sexual dimorphism is evident for several traits like it has significant effect (p<0.05) on weight, body length, heart girth, wither height while tail length was found to be non-significantly different between sexes (p>0.05). Balochi sheep husbandry is favorite because of its adaptability, great survival rate and growth performance, however returns from sheep production are marginal and low-cost production is still a challenge.

Keywords | Management, Performance, Balochi Sheep, Biometric Measurement, Pakistan