International Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences

International Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences ISSN: 2167-0437 Vol. 1 (6), pp. 064-069, September, 2013. © International Scholars Journals

 

Full Length Research Paper

Effect of management systems on growth and conformation of male lambs of Kachhi and Kooka sheep

Ghulam Shabir Barham1, Muhammad Haroon Baloch1, Abdul Hussain Nizamani1, Muhammad Khaskheli1, Gulbahar Khaskheli1, Shoaib Ahmed Pirzado1, Abdul Samad Magsi1, Hidayatullah Soomro and Shahnawaz Fazilani1

Faculty of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Pakistan.

*Corresponding Author. E-mail:  shabir_dr2010@yahoo.com.  Tel.+92-3013618136

Accepted 05 July, 2013

Abstract

A study was carried out on 12 male lambs under two management systems at the Department of Livestock Management. Six lambs from each breed were reared under intensive (A) and semi-intensive (B) management systems. The Kooka lambs comparatively gained more body weight per week (4.84±0.27% and 3.25±0.09%, respectively) than Kachhi lambs (4.03±0.12% and 2.61±0.21%, respectively) of group B and A, respectively. The average per week increase in body weight of lambs in group B was significantly higher (P<0.05) than that of group A.  The average body weight of Kooka and Kachhi lambs of group B was significantly (P<0.05) higher than Kachhi  and Kooka lambs of group A. Per week increase in body conformation in respect of height, girth and length (1.55±0.08%, 1.32±0.04% and 1.82±0.01%, respectively) of Kooka and Kachhi (1.00±0.03%, 1.06±0.02% and 1.54±0.06%, respectively) lambs of group B was comparatively higher (P<0.05) than Kooka (0.97±0.07%, 0.86±0.03% and 1.37±0.07%, respectively) and Kachhi (0.77±0.04%, 0.68±0.07% and 0.96±0.02%, respectively) lambs in group A. The overall mean height, girth and length of male Kooka lambs of group B were significantly (P<0.05) higher than Kachhi lambs of group A and group B but relatively similar to that of Kooka lambs in group A. Result concludes that, the male Kooka lambs gained more body weight and body conformation than that of male Kachhi lambs under both management systems (intensive and semi- intensive management system).

Key words: Management, intensive system, semi-intensive system, Kachhi and Kooka, male lambs.