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by ruchita last modified Jul 03, 2014 03:44 PM

May 03, 2013

vembur-maleThe Vembur, also called Karandhai, is native to the Vembur village of the Pudur Taluk in Thootikudi district of Tamil Nadu.

They are tall animals, white in colour with irregular fawn and black patches all over the body. The ears are medium-sized and drooping and the tail is thin and short. While the males are horned, the ewes are polled. The body is covered with short hair which is not shorn. In farmers' flocks lambing percentage is 80 and the litter size is single. Breeding is generally done on the basis of selection from within the flock. 

According to the 18th Livestock Census of 2007 there are 235,287 Vembur sheep in the country. (Refer to the maps below)

Adult MaleAdult Female
Average Body weight (kg) 34  28 
Average  Body length (cm) 69  64 
Height at withers (cm) 77  73 
Chest girth (cm) 82  73 


districtwise -vembur

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Photo Source: CSWRI, Avikanagar