The origin of this station could be linked to the implementation of an ICAR funded research scheme on "Studies on carcass characteristics of Mecheri and Mandya lambs" at Alamarathupatti village of Kolathur Block in Salem district from 12.02.1971. The Mecheri Sheep Research Station was started on 05.06.1978 at Pottaneri Panchayat of Mecheri Block in Salem district with the aim of improving the Mecheri sheep which was considered to be the best indigenous mutton breed of Tamil Nadu.
This research station is situated in Salem –Mettur highway about 35 km west of Salem and 15 km east of Mettur at a longitude of 77° 56’E, latitude of 11° 45’N and altitude of about 650 feet above MSL. This station covers an area of 164.36 acres.The soil profile of this area is loamy in the plain and rocky in the hills. The average annual rainfall is about 894 mm. The rainy season commences from July and continues till the end of November. The average maximum and minimum temperatures are 34.3°C and 21.9°C respectively.
|Project||Funding Agency||Period||Budget Outlay (Rs. in lakh)|
|Survey, evaluation and characterization of Mecheri Sheep breed||ICAR, New Delhi||1.04.2000 to 31.03.2002||11.73|
|Effect of neem(Azadirachta indica)feeding on reproductive and productive performance of Tellicherry goats||ICAR, New Delhi||01.10.2004 to 30.09.2006||8.03|
|Establishment of modern Salem Black goat unit and optimize the feeding standards for economical production in dry land tract. (Part - II Scheme)||Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai||01.11.2011 to 31.12.2013||12.55|
|Popularizing model fodder seed bank at farmers field to augment fodder production (NADP Scheme)||NADP-RKVY, Government of Tamil Nadu.||06.01.2012||6.082|
|Improving Socio - Economic status of Scheduled tribes through backyard chicken rearing||ICAR, New Delhi||23.11.2012 30.03.2013 25.02.2014||2.00 0.25 0.30|
|Soil and mineral mapping in farmers field and sensitizing them to improve biomass and to augment livestock productivity||State Planning Commission, Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai||16.05.2013||0.15|
|Soil- Fodder-Livestock Interface To Augment Productivity (Phase I)||State Planning Commission, Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai||2014 to 2015||0.30|
|Central sector scheme on "Biotech centre for fecundity genes"||GOI - Integrated Development of Small Ruminants and Rabbits||21.05.2012 to 31.03.2016||19.99|
|Revolving fund scheme on Fattening of Salem Black kids||TANUVAS, Chennai||02.08.2017 to 11.8.2019||80,000|
|Revolving fund scheme on Commercial Salem Black goat rearing||TANUVAS, Chennai||11.08.2016 to 31.3.2020||70,000|
|Self- financing Scheme on Establishment of Vermicomposting unit in MSRS||TANUVAS, Chennai||30.03.2017 to 30.08.2022||30,000|
|Project||Funding Agency||Date of Start||Budget Outlay (Rs. in lakh)|
|Mega sheep seed project -Mecheri sheep||ICAR - Central Sheep and Wool Research Station, Avikanagar, Rajasthan.||01.04.2009||380.00 Continuing scheme|
|Self- financing scheme on Fattening of Mecheri Ram lambs||TANUVAS, Chennai||30.03.2017||1.05|
|Body weight (kg) of Mecheri Sheep|
|Sex||Birth weight||Weaning weight||6- months weight||12 months weight|
|Overall mean||2.54 ± 0.02||11.20 ± 0.09||15.72 ± 0.12||19.91 ± 0.18|
In this unit different pasture fields has been established with grasses and legumes as well as different fodder trees have been grown to meet the fodder production of this station. For effective water utilization different micro irrigation systems have been used.
The fodder slips and different fodder seeds are sold to the farmers.
A model fodder plot with various fodder varieties has been established at this station. The different fodder varieties maintained are as follows:
Herbal garden has been established at this station for maintaining important herbal plants for conservation and to supply the original herbal varieties to the needy farmers. At this station, around 100 important herbal plants have been established and maintained. The herbal plats are sold to the farmers.
A vermicompost unit has been established and maintained for the production and supply of earth worms and vermicompost to cater the needs of the station as well as farmers. Different types of vermicompost models have been established for demonstration to the farmers and vermicompost production. The earthworm Eudrillus eugeniae is used in all the three models. The vermicompost and earth worms are sold to the farmers.
Azolla unit has been established with different models for the propagation of Azolla as a fodder among the farming communities in and around this station. Azolla seeds have been supplied to the farmers for establishment in their premises.
|Name||Ph.D. Thesis Research||Year|
|Dr.K.Karunanithi||Studies on cryopreservation of Ram Semen||1994|
|Dr.V.Jeichitra||Genetic analysis of growth traits in Mecheri sheep||2006|
|Dr.G. Selvaraju||Development of diseases forecasting system against diseases of small ruminants||2007|
|Dr.K.Arunachalam||Epidemiology and metaphylaxis of subclinical coccidiosis in small ruminants||2007|
|Dr.D.Rajendran||Optimising microbial protein synthesis through dietary manipulation in forage based diet of Mecheri Sheep||2007|
|Dr.A.Sudhakar||Molecular Study on BMP-1B, IGFBHP-3 and POU-1F1 genes in Mecheri and Nilgiris Sheep||2007|
|Dr.D.Jayanthi||Studies on growth performance, carcass characteristics and meat quality of Salem Black goat||2012|
|Dr.D.Cauveri||Genetic variability of growth hormone and Leptin gene and their association with growth traits in sheep breeds of Tamil Nadu||2013|
|Dr.R.Chitra||Polymorphism of IGF-1, BMP and CAST genes and their association with growth traits in Madras Red and Mecheri sheep||2013|
|Dr. N. Sri Balaji||Production performance of Mecheri sheep lambs fed with cotton gin trash||2018|
|Dr. P. Senthilkumar||Dietary Non-structural carbohydrate levels on performance of Mecheri sheep||2018|
|Dr.B. Balasundaram||Genetic analysis of production and reproduction performances of Mecheri Sheep under north- eastern agro- climatic zone of Tamil Nadu||2018|
|Name||M.V.Sc. Thesis Research||Year|
|Dr.R.Selvakumar||Effect of Supplementation of protein and growth promoter on growing lambs on slatted floor||2003|
|Dr.R.Karthick||Effect of herbal feed supplementation on the performance of grazing lambs||2010|
|Dr.S.Rajasokkappan||Epidemiology and metaphylaxis of subclinical coccidiosis in small ruminants||2010|
|Dr.C.Balan||Statistical modelling of growth performance in Mecheri sheep||2014|
|Dr.R.Santhoshkumar||Early weaning performances in Mecheri sheep||2017|
|Dr.S.Senthilmuthukumararn||Impact assessment of Mega Sheep Seed Project||2017|
|Dr.K.M.Abinesh||Strategic supplementation on productive and reproductive performance of Mecheri sheep||2020|
|Dr. Sarang Shankar Vajpeyee||Effect of dietary supplementation of nano selenium on growth performance of lambs||2020|
|Name||M.Sc. Thesis Research||Year|
|M.Mohanasundari||Studies on Biochemical profiles of Malabari goats in relation with age and sex||2001|
|M.Rameshkumar||Influence of Age and Sex on Biochemical profile of Mecheri Sheep||2001|
|Name and Designation||E-mail ID||Mobile|
|Dr.J.Muralidharan, Professor and Headfirstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com||+91-9443517695|
|Dr.V.Sankar, Assistant Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+91-9585689018|
|Dr.P.Senthilkumar, Assistant Professoremail@example.com||+91-9943936811|
|Dr.P.Nalini, Assistant Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org||+91-9442617605|
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