Kendrapada sheep gets rare status
Jul 25, 2016
A threatened breed of sheep found only in coastal Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha has been conferred 'rare and singular species' tag by the central government.
- Locally ship is called 'kujimendha'
- Kendrapara district accounts for about 75,000 'kuji' breed of sheep.
- The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has accorded genetic recognition to the breed of sheep
- It's a typical breed of sheep. These sheep are fast breeders giving multiple birth while those in other parts of the state give single birth at a time
- Distinctive characteristics:The sheep that are reared in this part are delicate domestic animals. Sheep in other parts of Odisha are not known for giving multiple birth. This characteristic makes them distinctive from other species.
- The rare genetic traits lead to the multiple birth syndrome in them. These animals are dwarf in built with the body covered with coarse hair.
- The average adult sheep weighs 18-20 kg. Kendrapada sheep are primarily used for production of mutton. The other product of economic importance is their skin. They are well adapted to high ambient temperature, high humidity and heavy rains