Gaddi sheep breed characteristics

Gaddi sheep primarily raised for wool

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. 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 wither

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s 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.

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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 NameGaddi sheep
Other NameBhadarwah
Country/Place of OriginIndia
Breed Purposewool
Breed Sizesmall
Weight Ram(Male) 35 kg(77 lb)
Ewe(Female) 30 kg(66 lb)
Kiddingsingle
Good for Stall Fedopen grazing 
Climate Tolerancelocal conditions

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