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Koraput Sheep

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Category: Meat

Country: India

Home tract: Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Rayagada districts of Odissa.

Morphological characteristics

Body coat: Coarse wool to hairy. Predominant coat colours are of various shades of brown and grey

Horns: Males are horned, females are polled

Ears: Mostly notched and few have medium ears

Tail: Small, thin

Morphometric traits

Body weight: female 24.1 kg

Reproductive traits

Age at first lambing: 14 months

Lambing interval: 1 year

Litter size: Single

Remarks: Developed and nurtured by tribal groups Bhattra, Bhumia and Koya communities.


  1. AHVS, Sheep Germplasm, Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Odisha, India [Web Reference]
  2. Das Kornel, Mohpatra S.C. and Acharya R.M., 2006, “Sheep and Roat genetic Resources of Orissa,” Intercooperation India - Delegation, Hyderabad, India [Web Reference]
  3. Singh S., 2015, “Molecular characterization of Koraput sheep,” ICAR - National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources; ICAR-NBAGR Newsletter, April-September 2015 [Web Reference]
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