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Indigenous Knowledge in Sheep and Goat Farming Systems in Tamil Nadu, India


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1 Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600007, India
2 VCRI, Department of Veterinary and AH Extension, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu 637002, India
     

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The present study was conducted in 2008 to document the indigenous knowledge prevalent in sheep and goat farming systems in Tamil Nadu, India. Fifty sheep farmers in Tirunelveli district and fifty goat farmers in Erode district were selected by proportionate random sampling method and the data were collected through an interview schedule and analysed and ranked for getting inferences. The results revealed that in sheep farming system, the traditional practices such as lamb hut (100%), washing the sheep in ponds for tick removal (100%), selecting good breeding rams (96%), sheep penning (94%), and twinning (76%) were known to sheep farmers. In goat farming system, rearing bucks for religious purpose (100%), kid house (100%), tethering (96%), and locally made shelter (84%) were known to goat farmers. A close look at the indigenous practices in sheep and goat farming systems indicates the area-specific nature of these practices/beliefs.

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Goat, Penning, Religious Purpose, Sheep, Tethering.
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A. Manivannan
Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600007, India
P. Mathialagan
Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600007, India
N. Narmatha
VCRI, Department of Veterinary and AH Extension, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu 637002, India
B. Mohan
VCRI, Department of Veterinary and AH Extension, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu 637002, India

Abstract


The present study was conducted in 2008 to document the indigenous knowledge prevalent in sheep and goat farming systems in Tamil Nadu, India. Fifty sheep farmers in Tirunelveli district and fifty goat farmers in Erode district were selected by proportionate random sampling method and the data were collected through an interview schedule and analysed and ranked for getting inferences. The results revealed that in sheep farming system, the traditional practices such as lamb hut (100%), washing the sheep in ponds for tick removal (100%), selecting good breeding rams (96%), sheep penning (94%), and twinning (76%) were known to sheep farmers. In goat farming system, rearing bucks for religious purpose (100%), kid house (100%), tethering (96%), and locally made shelter (84%) were known to goat farmers. A close look at the indigenous practices in sheep and goat farming systems indicates the area-specific nature of these practices/beliefs.

Keywords


Goat, Penning, Religious Purpose, Sheep, Tethering.

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