Bhartiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika, volume 38 issue 1 (march 2023) : 01-05

Prolific Avishaan Sheep Toward Doubling the Farmer Income: A Review

Amar Singh Meena1,*, Ramesh Chander Sharma1, Rajiv Kumar1, P.K. Mallick1, Arun Kumar1
1ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar-304 501, Rajasthan, India.
  • Submitted16-07-2022|

  • Accepted23-12-2022|

  • First Online 03-03-2023|

  • doi 10.18805/BKAP565

Cite article:- Meena Singh Amar, Sharma Chander Ramesh, Kumar Rajiv, Mallick P.K., Kumar Arun (2023). Prolific Avishaan Sheep Toward Doubling the Farmer Income: A Review . Bhartiya Krishi Anusandhan Patrika. 38(1): 01-05. doi: 10.18805/BKAP565.
The main objective of the study is to increase the meat production by rearing of Avishaan sheep. Avishaan sheep is a prolific sheep which is developed through crossing of three indigenous sheep breed (Garole, Malpura and Patanwadi). Avishaan sheep produce more number of lambs due to presence of FecB gene, inherited from microsheep Garole of West Bengal state of India. Avishaan sheep has better reproductive efficiency and litter size as compared to non-prolific Indian sheep breeds. Avishaan sheep has higher litter size, more litter weight and sufficient milk for their neonates. Therefore, it will be boon for farmers toward doubling the income by selling additional lambs received due to prolificacy trait inheritance. At commercial level, under intensive system, Avishaan sheep farming is most suitable for maximum profit. In future, due to declining natural resources, Avishaan sheep will fulfill the increasing meat demand of the nation.

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