Gaddi sheep primarily raised for wool. The breed is native to India, seen in the parts of Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
Gaddi sheep breed information
The breed is small-sized with usually white wool. Sometimes a mixture of brown and black.
The mature Gaddi ram weighs 35 kg(77 lb) and ewe weighs 30 kg(66 lb).
Gaddi ram height is 68cm at withers and ewe height is 58 cm at withers.
Rams are horned and ewes are polled(sometimes horned)
The fleece weight is around 1 to 1.5 kg, with a fiber diameter of 29 micron.
The Undercoat is primarily used to make Blankets and Shawls.
Shearing takes place three times a year – usually in Feb, June, and October.
Litter size is usually one.
Things to know
Gaddi is also known as Bhadarwah.
The average size of stationary flocks is 5 and of migratory flocks is 22.
The crossbreeding is only done with Rambouillet and Merino to improve the wool quality. The cross-breeding has improved the wool quality compared to the pure breed.
The Gaddi sheep birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month’s weight of lambs were 2.22, 7.64, 11.01, 14.01 and 16.19 kg, respectively under farm conditions.
Brief characteristics of Gaddi sheep
|Breed Name||Gaddi sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||India|
|Weight Ram(Male)||35 kg(77 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||30 kg(66 lb)|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|
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