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Correlation Analysis of Profile and Shepherds Preparedness towards Sheep Health Care in Andhra Pradesh, India

Mastanbi Shaik Bodapati Subrahmanyeswari
Vol 8(5), 143-149

Sheep husbandry is an important enterprise in the arid and semi-arid areas of India characterized by sparse vegetation, marginal land, and a high incidence of poverty. It is a low-investment sustainable enterprise yielding reasonably high rates of return. With this background, the present study was conducted in two districts of Andhra Pradesh, India with a total sample size of 180 sheep farmers to analyse the relationship between profile of shepherds and their preparedness towards sheep health care with specific reference to vaccination. The study revealed that among various characteristics of shepherds, socio-economic status and purpose of rearing sheep found to have positive significant correlation with preparedness of sheep farmers at 5% (p < 0.05) level. Whereas, social participation, extension contact, availability and accessibility of vaccines and veterinary services along with affordability and decision-making ability have positive significant correlation with preparedness of sheep farmers at 1% (p < 0.01) level. This trend indicated that importance of shepherds preparedness towards sheep health care practices which lead to higher productivity.

Keywords : Profile characteristics Preparedness Relationship Sheep farmers

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