"`Lesser Known Sheep and Goat Genetic Resources of India' is the first book of its
kind to provide readers with comprehensive information brought together from myriad
sources to form a highly structured work of reference to the country and world at large.
The book is based on information from rapid surveys of selected sheep and goat types with
in the country by various agencies at national and state level, review of literature from
published and unpublised material and compilation of own data of the authors.
The main text deals with 92 lesser-known sheep and goat types categorized into 52
breeds/populations. 14 strains 10 varieties and 16 recent derivatives. All the lesser
known types belonging to both the species, known belonging to both the species, known till
date have been described with the available information wherever possible, on their
synonymous names, eco-regional distribution, population estimates, utility, physical
characteristics management practices, performance traits, genetic analysis, special
characteristics, conservation programmes in operation, farms maintaining them and their
contact agencies. Besides available account of lesser known sheep and goat groups this
book also includes preface, acronyms, introduction and describes the details of other
related aspects including taxonomy, origin and domestication, classification, people
responsible for their development, production systems, utility, Sociocultural and
religious importance, evaluation methodology, registration, documentation, future research
scenario/strategies for their improvement and conservation, latest statistics on sheep and
goat genetic resoures of India and 253 references. All these topics have been well
illustrated with 197 photographs, maps and histograms which are an added attraction.
This book would attract a vast readership from Veterinary and Animal Science students,
researchers, scientists, policy planners, animal keepers and general masses to make them
aware of the important and unique lesser known ovine and caprine germplasm being
maintained by the marginalised people of India."