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Breeding Policy

  • 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.
  • Stabilization of inheritance level (75% Rmbouillet-25% Local) by selective breeding with stress on mutton production. Gains accrued in fine wool shall be maintained (with atleast 24 micron fibre diameter).

  • Mutton production
  • Appropriate levels of inheritance of muttonous breeds like Dorper, Texel etc. and local sheep shall be identified and introduced after performance evaluation in plain belts of Jammu division.

  • 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:
      Beetal/ Alpine breeds of goats shall be introduced after validation for upgradation in Kandi belt and Shivalik hill ranges of Jammu division.
       Dairy Goat Farm Rajbagh is being maintained on pure Beetal goats breeding.

    • Selective breeding 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 maintain the breed on pure lines and to check the inbreeding.

    Complete J&K State Livestock Breeding Policy 2019 can be assessed below:

         Livestock Breeding Policy 2019