Open Access Subscription Access
Open Access Subscription Access
Indigenous Knowledge in Sheep and Goat Farming Systems in Tamil Nadu, India
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.
Goat, Penning, Religious Purpose, Sheep, Tethering.
- Acharya RM. Sheep and Goat Breeds of India. FAO Animal Production and Health Paper-30, FAO ROME; 1982.
- ICAR-NBAGR-2016. Available from: www.nbagr.res.in/Accessionbreed.html.
- Government of India. Planning Commission Report, New Delhi; 2007.
- Burman, RR, Singh SK. Indigenous tech knowledge component in participatory research. Agriculture Extension Review. 2005; 17(3):24–30.
- Government of Tamil Nadu, Statistical Hand book of Tamil Nadu. Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Chennai; 2005.
- Kumaravelu N, Ravimurugan T, Pandian C. Traditional knowledge systems of sheep farmers-an empirical study. In: Compendium released during International Conference on EthnoVeterinary Practices, 2010 Jan 4–6, TANUVAS, VUTRC, Thanjavur, India; 2010. p. 156.
- Rao STV, Raju DT, Reddy YR. Adoption of sheep husbandry practices in Andhra Pradesh, India, Livestock Research for Rural Development. 2008; 20(7).
- Immanuel RR, Imayavaramban V, Elizabeth LL, Kannan T, Murugan G. Traditional farming knowledge on Agroecosystem Conservation in Northeast Coastal Tamil Nadu. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 2010; 9(2): 366–74.
- Vignesha MS. Sociology of Animal Husbandry, Associated Publishing Co., New Delhi; 1993.
- Reddy YK, Punniamurthy N, Manohar BM. EthnoVeterinary practices to minimize losses due to bluetongue in sheep. In: Compendium released during International Conference on EthnoVeterinary Practices. 2010 Jan 4–6, TANUVAS, VUTRC, Thanjavur, India; 2010. p. 91.
- Maheswaran A. Adoption behaviour of sheep farmers in Salem District, Unpub M.V.Sc., Thesis, MVC, TANUVAS, Chennai;1993.
- Ikeda H. Tethering goats without pain in low-cost farming practices in Asia and the Pacific-A training manual for agricultural extension workers and small farmers. Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo; 1991. p. 156–7.
- Soundararajan C, Palanidorai R, Sivakumar T. Efficacy of tamarind seed coat powder against Cutaneous Myiasis in Sheep, Goat and Pig. In: Compendium released during International Conference on EthnoVeterinary Practices, 2010 Jan 4–6, TANUVAS, VUTRC, Thanjavur, India; 2010. p. 140
Abstract Views: 361
PDF Views: 0