Bannur Lamb compares with other sheep breeds in economic terms and also places to source infrastructure Bannur sheeps are also called as Bakrid sheeps as they are on high demand during this festival. This breed is distributed in the entire districts of Mandya and Mysore in Karnataka.

The total sheep population in the Mandya distribution area, according to the 1972 census, was 0.372 m, and according to the 1977 census, 0.329 m; there was thus a slight decline. The actual number of the breed is much smaller, since the census is not based on breed. Information received from the officers of the State Animal Husbandry Department indicates a large movement of Mandya sheep out of the Mandya district because of an increase in irrigated cultivated area, leaving little land with natural vegetation for sheep grazing. Further, there is a large incidence of cryptorchidism in Mandya, possibly due to selection of animals on the basis of meaty conformation. There is need for conservation of this breed, which is perhaps the best meat breed of the country as far as conformation is concerned, although body weights, weight gains, feed conversion efficiency and carcass yield are not very superior to most other breeds.

Relatively small animals. Colour is white, but in some cases face is light brown, and this colour may extend to the neck. Compact body with a typical reversed U-shape conformation from the rear. Ears are long, leafy and drooping; ear length. Tail is short and thin. A large percentage of animals carry wattles. Slightly Roman nose. Both sexes are polled. Coat is extremely coarse and hairy.
SIZE RAMS (Male) EVES (Female)
Body Weight 34 kg 23 kg
Body Length 63 cm 59 cm
Chest Girth 78 cm 65 cm
  • Adaptable to all types of climates from hot tropical to cold climates
  • Fast growth and excellent feed conversion ratio
  • High twinning percentage
  • Produces very good crossbreds with local goats
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