Bybrik or Marriwal

Habitat: Mostly found in Marri and Bugti hills of the province. Also found in the Barkhan and part of Sibi, Loralai and Musakhail districts. The nucleus areas are Duki, Kohlu, Chamalang, Hosrri, Girsani, Lakhi Putth, Khar Chah, Rarra sham and Deddar.

Phenotypic characteristics: The breed is medium in size and need lesser amount of feed. The sheep color is usually white with black muzzle and ears. Some specimens with spotted body, black head are also found, mainly in Barkhan and Musakhail areas. The tribes of the breed are mainly Marri, Bugti, Masurri, Kethran, Buzdar, Syed and Musakhail.

Vegetation: The vegetation liked by the breed is Sargari, Barwazi, Gandali, Murgha, Pah, Spanda and Ghalmai.

Population: Population of the breed is almost 2.7 million and the trend is increasing.

Special Traits:

  • Hardy to drought
  • The tail is smaller, compact and less fatty,  making it easy to climb on mountain
  • Hardy to water scarcity and weather intensities
  • High meat preference for barbeque
  • Very high demand in Iran and Gulf because of taste and marbling

Economic Importance: The breed is mainly raise for lamb production. The breed has very high economic returns by selling male animals at the age of 6-8 months. The animal has high trader preference and mostly reaches to the market of Iran and Middle East. The crop reaches early in the market because of the early breeding season like Musakhaili sheep. The milk of the breed is not use for family needs and allow to the lambs. The wool has no higher economic importance and is mainly send to the market of Punjab province and is usually use in the carpet industry.

Author: Dr Raziq

I’m PhD in Animal Agriculture, currently working as a Technical Manager at Al Ain Farms for Livestock Production, Camel dairying, Alain, UAE. I had performed as a Professor and Dean, at the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan (LUAWMS). I work on and write for the subjects of ‘turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal’, agricultural research policies, extensive livestock production systems, food security under climate change context, and sustainable use of traditional genetic resources for food and agriculture. Iim advocating camel under the theme of CAMEL4LIFE and believe in camel potential. I’m the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES), and Founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan. I also work as a freelance scientist working (currently member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). I’m an ethnoecologist, ethnobotanist, Ethnovet and ethomedicie researcher and reviewer. I explore deserts and grazing lands for knowledge and understanding.

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