- Fine wool production
The Sheep Breeding policy adopted in Jammu and Kashmir is
one recommended by the ICAR and further laid down by the
National Commission on Agriculture for Northern temperate
regions. As envisaged therein, the cross breeding of local
sheep with fine wool breeds like Merino in Kashmir and
Rambouillet in Jammu Division is being continued.
The major chunk of Sheep population of Jammu division being
migratory in nature, this policy is being continued till
date in these migratory, semi-migratory and stationary
flocks of colder regions of the state. Due to introduction
of superior fine wool Germplasm in these areas about 65%
sheep population has attained desired type of crossbred wool
with subsequent increase in body weight.
- To give boost to mutton production,
Dorper breed of sheep has been introduced in the state.
A Pilot Study Project on Embryo Transfer Technology at Sheep
Breeding Farm Panthal was conducted in collaboration with
SKUAST-J and the progeny produced has been distributed in
plain border belts of Kathua, Jammu and Samba Districts of
- Goat Development
Development of goat sector, which remained neglected due to
more stress being laid on sheep development, has now been
taken up so as to narrow down the gap between demand and
supply of meat. The Department has accordingly introduced
programmes for development of goat sector.
- Introduction of Beetal breed:
Under the programme beetal bucks are being purchased
from progressive breeders of Kathua district and
Gurdaspur district of Punjab and from Central Sheep
Breeding Farm Hisar (Haryana) and distributed among the
breeders of Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Rajouri belt for
improvement of their local goats so as to increase the
milk production. Dairy Goat Farm Rajbagh is being
maintained on pure beetal goats breeding.
- Conservation of Kagani goats:
Under the programme best Kagani bucks are being
purchased from progressive goat breeders of Rajouri,
Udhampur, Reasi, Jammu and Samba districts and provided
to the breeders having Kagani goats so as to conserve
the breed on pure lines and to check the inbreeding.