Sacrificial sheep with native breed tag

Chevaadu, a plucky breed of sheep from down south that originated as a sacrificial animal during Chithirai, has just been recognised as one of the native breeds by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources.

“This was after scientists from our institution, T Ravimurugan and A K Thiruvenkadan spent two years studying the breeds extensively across varied factors ranging from colour and horn size to milk yield and so on,” said Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, S Thilagar.

There are eight popular native sheep breeds in Tamil Nadu. Kilakarsal, Madras Red, Mecheri, Ramnad White and Vembur are reared for meat, while Coimbatore, Nilagiri and Tiruchy Black are reared for wool....   ...Read more


Source web page :   The New Indian Express

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