NBAGR Confers Rare and Singular Species Genetic Recognition Tag to Kendrapara Sheep


In Odisha The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has conferred rare and singular species genetic recognition tag to the threatened breed of Kendrapara sheep founded.

  • To receive such tag it became the 42nd sheep breed in India.
  • It received registration number
  • Rare status will help to boost conservation effort to protect these domesticated threatened sheep.
  • ‘Four cattle breeds and two buffalos’ native to Odisha were registered at national level by NBAGR.
Image of Kendrapara sheep

Image of Kendrapara sheep

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About Kendrapara sheep

  • Kendrapara sheep is founded in sea Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha.
  • It is called kuji mendha.
  • They are well adapted to high ambient temperature, high humidity and heavy rain.
  • The average adult sheep weighs 18 - 20 kg and dwarf in built with the body covered with rough hair.
  • This sheep carries FecB mutation gene.
  • FecB mutation gene is responsible for prolificacy (multiple babies in same delivery) or multiple birth syndrome.
  • This feature makes them unique from other species sheep, Species as they are not known for giving multiple births.
  • Kendrapara sheep is second sheep breed in India (other one is Garole sheep found in West Bengal)
  • The sixth in the world that carries FecB mutation gene.

Economic Significance:

  • Multiple-birth features make it a profitable livelihood source.
  • They are mainly used for mutton production.
  • Their skin has economic significance.

National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR):

  • NBAGR Established on 21st September, 1984 at Bangalore.
  • It is best institute for dedicated to work with its order of identification, characterization, evaluation, conservation and utilization of livestock and poultry genetic resources of the country.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 11, 2016