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Al Bishari Camel

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Category: Dromedary, Race camels

Country: Sudan

Home tract: Mainly found in eastern Sudan (Kassala and Gadaref states). It is bred by Bishareen, Amarar, Beni Amir and Hadendowa tribes; it was also bred with other tribes (Shukria and Lahween) in small numbers with other types.

 

Morphological characters

Body: Small, strong

Body coat: Fine and thin skin; white to yellow colour

Head: Small

Nose: Roman type

Eyes: Alert

Ears: Small, upright

Neck: Fine and supple neck that is joined low down to the trunk.

Quarters: Long and fine shoulders; well muscled quarters

Hump: Small to medium, located in the middle of the back, and with erect orientation

Chest: Very deep chest with well sprung ribs right to the back and terminating not far from pelvic bone

Legs: Short and strong

Udder: Small sized

Morphometric traits

Average body weight:  Adult - 410±65.2 kg

Heart girth: 194±10.10 cm

Height at withers: 184±0.08 cm

Remarks: They have easy and tireless pace. They are also used in the police force in many countries. Al Bishari camels are very famous for their racing ability and won many prizes in Saudi Arabia

References

  1. Ahmed M.K., Musa L.M-A., and Ishag I.A., 2010, “Phenotypic and molecular characterization of six Sudanese camel breeds,” South African Journal of Animal Science; 40(4):319-326. [Web Reference]
  2. Ishag I.A., Eisa M.O. and Ahmed M.K., 2011, “Phenotypic characteristics of Sudanese camels (Camelus dromedarius),” Livestock Research for Rural Development; 23(4) [Web Reference]
  3. Khouri F., 2000, “Camels in Sudan: Ecology, Production Systems, Characterization and Herd Dynamics,” The Camel Applied Research and Development Network (CARDN). The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD). CARDN/ACSAD/ Camel/ P 96/2000. p. 137.
  4. Wardeh M.F., 1989, “Arabian camels: Origin, breeds and husbandry,” Al Mallah Publ., Damascus; p. 500.
  5. Wardeh M.F., 2004, “Classification of the dromedary camels,” Journal of Camel Science; 1: 1-7. [Web Reference]
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