previous page   Pak Vet J, 2009, 29(2): 85-92   next page
 

CAMEL REARING IN CHOLISTAN DESERT OF PAKISTAN

I. ALI, M. SHAFIQ CHAUDHRY1 AND U. FAROOQ

University College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences;
1Cholistan
Institute of Desert Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Abstract

    The camel is one of the typical and the best adopted animals of the desert, capable of enduring thirst and hunger for days and is the most patient of land animals. For desert nomads of Pakistani Cholistan, it is a beloved companion, a source of milk and meat, transport facility provider and a racing/dancing animal, thus, playing an important role in the socioeconomic uplift of the local community. Marrecha or Mahra, breedd are mainly used for riding and load carrying but may be trained for dancing or racing. Berella is another heavy and milch breed of camel famous for milk production and can produce upto 10-15 liters of milk per day.  This breed is also suitable for draught purpose, though comparatively slow due to heavy body. The present paper also describes the traditional camel rearing system used by nomads of Cholistan desert. Some aspects of camel health, production, feeding, socio-economic values, marketing and some constraints and suggestions are also given so that the policy makers may consider them for the welfare of this animal.

Key words: Cholistan, camel, breeds, production, health.

 
   

ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)



scopus
 
 
DOAJ SEAL