The department of sheep husbandry came into existence in early
sixties with the objective of promotion of sheep farming on larger scale by
exploiting natural resources like climatic conditions and availability of vast
meadowlands on the top f hills. The very onerous job of the department was to
convert? low producing indigenous sheep
into more productive cross bred type and thus increasing wool and mutton
production in the state and simultaneous growth in the economic condition of
its farmers and alleviation of poverty. Cross breeding programme which had
started even before independence got a fillip and perseverance and steady
efforts of the department lead to evolution of the ?KASHMIR MERINO? breed which
is well acclimatized to the local conditions and comparable to the best wool
breeds of the world. The up gradation programme for developing better
productive strains with more emphasis on improved mutton productivity is continuing.
These all programmes along with health care and disease control activities in
flocks wee initially taken up by projects in the districts and latter converted
into District sheep husbandry organisations and there is one such organisation
for each district of the state executing all the sheep development activities
in the field. Each organisation is lead by a District sheep husbandry officer
with sub ordinate Block veterinary officer/ Sheep and wool development officers
implementing the departmental activities through sheep extension centers and
first aid centers. There are presently 449 sheep extension centers and 53 first
aid centers spread in the Kashmir division performing the activities which
gradation of local flocks by cross breeding to increase mutton and wool
production by providing free breeding coverage.
2. Veterinary health
care including anthelminthic dosing, vaccination against important diseases
like sheep pox ,clostridial diseases, foot and mouth
disease? PPR etc, to control economic
losses to farmers
by way of morbidity and mortality.
machine shearing for farmers flocks for value addition of wool.
of income generating units under various schemes.
and awareness activities.
of infrastructure development programmes.
and implementation of other sheep related works and programmes under district
and state sectors.