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Erka Sheep, Edka

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Category: Meat

Country: India

Home tract: Found Around Chilika Lake and in Khurda District in Odissa

Morphological characteristics

Body: Medium sized

Body coat: Red coat

Horns: Males are horned

Ears: Medium sized, horizontally

Morphometric traits

Body weight: Adult male 22-30 kg, female 25-35 kg

Reproductive traits

Age at first lambing: 18 months

Lambing interval: Two lambing in 14 months

Litter size: Mostly twins and about 5% triplets

Remarks: Highly prolific (early maturing


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  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]
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