Indian Journal of Animal Research

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K. Suresh Kumar, S. Arunachalam, T. Sivakumar, V. Ramesh andM.R. Muralidharan
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1Department of Uvestock Production and Management, Madras Veterinary College, Chennai - 600 007, India
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Cite article:- Kumar Suresh K., Arunachalam S., Sivakumar T., Muralidharan andM.R. Ramesh V. (2023). SKIN FOLUCLES AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH WOOL CHARACTERISTICS OF NILGIRI, MERINO AND ITS CROSSES·. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 37(2): 89 - 92. doi: .
A study on skin follicles and its relationship with wool characteristics of Nilgiri, Merino and its crosses was carried out. Statistical analysis revealed a highly significant (P0.01) negative correlation between S/P ratio and fibre diameter in Nilgiri and Merino, but Nilgiri × Merino had a non-significant negative correlation. A highly significant (P.01) positive correlation was found between S/P ratio and fibre length and crimp. In Nilgiri, the total number of follicles had a non-significant negative correlation with fibe diameter, a highly significant (P0.01) positive correlation with crimp. The present study suggested that the selection of fine wool sheep at an earlier stage of post-natal life might be made based on the S/P ratio. It also suggested that the kin follicles and wool characteristics of Nilgiri × Merino were comparatively better than Nilgiri.
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