Breed Effect on pre and post-slaughter traits in sheep breeds of Karnataka
Author(s): MS Hussain, Appannavar MM, Yathish HM, Suranagi MD, Biradar US and Asharani AD
Abstract: Ovine genetic resources in India are a major source of livelihood for pastoralists and marginal farmers. India has 65.06 million sheep, while Karnataka rank 2nd in the country with 9.58 million sheep (Livestock census, 2012). As the human population increasing with modernization and necessary nutritive requirement of individuals, leads to increase in the demand of animal products in the last few years which is full of protein source, and mutton is the easiest source of animal protein and do not have any social taboos for consumption. Hence the demand of mutton increased. Although, Karnataka has recognized meat breeds Kenguri and Bannur, and also have some non-descript sheep breeds like Yalaga. The present study showed higher body weight (25.23±0.54, 24.40±0.61 and 19.90±0.58kg), body length (65.89±0.79, 65.84±0.44 and 63.13±0.56cm), body height (70.22±0.78, 68.51±0.47 and 60.40±0.61cm) and chest girth (70.44±0.67, 66.76±0.60 and 69.61±0.60cm) in Yalaga than Kenguri and Bannur breeds of sheep, respectively. Likewise, Yalaga and Kenguri showed similar results and found higher than Bannur sheep for all slaughter traits like head weight (1.91±0.04, 1.86±0.03 and 1.63±0.04kg), skin weight (2.07±0.05, 2.06±0.03 and 1.97±0.05kg), visceral organs weight (3.67±0.09, 3.51±0.07 and 2.93±0.09kg) and dressed weight (12.97±0.40, 12.20±0.45 and 9.44±0.34kg), respectively. Four carcass cuts also showed similar results in Yalaga and Kenguri and found higher than Bannur sheep, except in cut 1 where Kenguri had non-significantly higher values than Yalaga.
How to cite this article:
MS Hussain, Appannavar MM, Yathish HM, Suranagi MD, Biradar US, Asharani AD. Breed Effect on pre and post-slaughter traits in sheep breeds of Karnataka. Int J Vet Sci Anim Husbandry 2019;4(6):05-09.