The pig, one of the first species to be domesticated, represents one of the most important livestock species with nearly 500 different breeds with a worldwide distribution. Recently, the pig became a very frequent and favourite biomedical model. Piggery plays an important role in the rural economy of North East (NE) India. Among all the livestock, pig is one of the most valued and popular as almost 100% tribal population in the region are pork eaters. Pork is the preferred meat amongst the people of Mizoram. Zovawk is newly identified breed of pig of Mizoram approved by breed registration committee of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. It is one of the local breeds of pig available in the North eastern states of India. The home tract of Zovawk is in different parts of Mizoram state in India. This pig is of scavenging nature. The Zovawk pigs are small in size and attain puberty at the age of 2.5 months when they are about 4.5 kg body weight. The first farrowing occurs at the age of 9-10 months when they are of about 40 kg body weight.
Om Prakash Choudhary
The author is working as Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry. He obtained his B.V.Sc. & A.H. from SK Rajasthan Agricultural University & M.V.Sc. (Veterinary Anatomy) with Gold Medal from Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences. He completed his doctoral degree with DST-INSPIRE fellowship.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Applied Anatomy, Zovawk, Head Region
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General