Journal of Agriculture & Life Sciences

ISSN 2375-4214 (Print), 2375-4222 (Online)

The Characteristics of Sheep Production in Gadarif State, Sudan
Asma H. M. Hamed, Yagoub Magboul Yagoub, Elimam, M. E

This study was carried out at Gadarif state in eastern Sudan to characterize sheep production practices in the state using a questionnaire for 100 owners in livestock markets in the state localities. Data was statistically analyzed using SPSS package. Results revealed that Ashgar was the main sheep breed followed by Garag and Dubasi breeds. The animals mainly reared extensively (96%) . Puberty was mainly at 10 month in males and 12 month in females and age at first mating was mainly 12 month. Most flocks lamb twice/ year. The animals relied mainly on rangeland and crop residues and grazing far from residence. Most animals grazed all the year and most owners (76%) didn’t feed concentrates due to high cost. Hafeers (Sudanese water harvest form) were the main water source. Lack of water, rangeland and extension were the main problems.

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