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by ruchita last modified Jul 03, 2014 04:08 PM

May 06, 2013

The Chhotanagpuri breed is mainly found in Jharkhand, with a few numbers in Bihar. They are small, light-weight animals, light grey and brown in colour.

chhotanagpuriEars are small and parallel to the head, the tail is thin and short and the fleece is coarse, hairy and open. The animals are shorn thrice a year in March-April, June-July and October-November, and produce a yearly average of 180 g of hairy wool with an average fibre diameter of 52.54 μ and a medullation percentage of 84. Both sexes are polled. They are considered a coarse carpet wool breed.

The Chhotanagpuri breed is largely pure-bred. According to the Livestock Census of 2007, there are 203,479 Chhotanagpuri sheep in India. (Refer to maps below)

Adult Male Adult Female
 Average Body weight (kg)  
19  19 
 Average Body length (cm) 52  52 
 Average Height at withers (cm)   54  54 
 Average Chest girth (cm) 71  75 




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Photo Source: CSWRI, Avikanagar