Vechur cow sale stopped

THRISSUR: The Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University ( KVASU) authorities have decided to stop selling Vechur cows -- accepted worldwide as the perfect breed to cater to the needs of a nuclear family -- for a while. The small pause is to improve the young stock in its farm and to carry out research studies on molecular genetics level and breeding level of Vechur cows in the coming months.
"At present, we have 100 Vechur cows in our farm, a majority of which are old and have lost their reproductive capacity. We plan to improve our stock in the next couple of years and so decided to stop their sale for the moment," said director of Centre for Advanced Studies in Animal Genetics & Breeding (CASAGB) K V Raghunandnan.

Raghunandan said nearly 3,000 people are in queue to own a Vechur cow. "The demand has always been huge for Vechur cows. We supply calves below six months of age at Rs 5,000 from our centre. The centre could supply only a dozen Vechur breeds last year," he said.
The smallest breed in the world, Vechur cow is easy to maintain as it is docile, short and disease resistant. Adult cows give 2.5-3.5 litres of milk a day, which has a high fat content of 4.5-5 per cent.
Last year, a seven-year-old Vechur cow, Diana, had entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest bovine in the world with 77 cm in height. One of the last persons to own this cow is National Award winner actor Salim Kumar. He bought a cow in May soon after he won the award.


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