Kajalle Sheep Breed


Habitat: The nucleus of the breed is Wani , Gosa, Babar, Kapip areas of Zhob and Hassankhail area of Musakhail district. Kakar, Khostai, Babar, Sherani, Hassankhail tribes are the custodians of the breed.

Phenotypic characteristics: Small in size, white body coat with red head, fine dense wool are the salient feature of Kajalle breed.

Vegetation: The vegetation of the area likes by the Kajalle sheep consists of Saba, Barawaza, viza, Saragarri and Ghozara, Spanda.

Population: The population of the Kajalle sheep is almost 200,000 and the trend is increasing.

Special traits

  • Resistant to dry years (Tha kal sakhtha)
  • Can survive with very scarce vegetation (pa laz abadi guzara kavi)
  • Mouth and muzzle is like forceps and can graze on tiny vegetation
  • The meat is delicious and not decreases in size after drying (Landi meat), when the dry meat is put in water, it regains its size
  • Wool is like cotton and second coat of wool also appear in winter. The wool is dense (Thathwargi)
  • The milk is yellowish like cow milk and have more butter fats (high fats contents)
  • The breed is persistent in characteristics and don’t change easily. When other breed’s ram is offered the breed not change easily (the nasal sakhta)
  • Good learning and obedient animal with the shepherd and owner

Option hopes: Drought resistant, water resistant, Can survive with very scarce vegetation (pa laz abadi guzara kavi)

Economic importance: The breed is a good tool and security of income in hard days (dry years and days).  Hard years mean dry years and hard days mean when there is no mean of income then the breeders sell extra animals. Usually they never intend to sell their sheep, especially females.

The breed is usually use as subsistence type of production system; the milk is use as fresh, for tea and by-products like ghee, butter fats and Kurth. The meat is mainly use for Landi purpose. As the meat are highly delicious, tender, high local consumer preference, good marbling and taste. The wool is dense and is usually prefer than many breed, because of its lengths, softness and spinning qualities.

 

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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