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Conservation of indigenous breeds of Cattle and Buffalo

TTD dairy farm disseminates info on native cattle breeds

Dairy farm stresses on protecting them If knowledge is divine, is it not desirable for the devout to celebrate a religious festival by disseminating information on it? Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshanasala, the mammoth dairy farm belonging to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) management, decided to celebrate ‘Sri Krishna Janmashtami’ in a big way by creating awareness on indigenous breeds and the importance of preserving and propagating them for the benefit of posterity. Apart from the traditional religious rituals, a first-of-its-kind event is the plan to display the native breeds of cows and bulls that are a prized possession of the dairy farm. The ‘Go Samrakshanasala’ is a home to 1,600 heads of cattle, which includes animals from 12 prestigious native Indian breeds such as Kankrej and Gir (Gujarat), Tharparker, Rathi (Rajasthan), Sahiwal (Punjab), Deoni (Maharashtra and Karnataka), Umblachery and Kangeyam (Tamil Nadu), Punganur and Ongole (Andhra Pradesh), Kapi…

Indian scientists are re-focusing on indigenous cattle breeds in the present scenario

Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sanshtan participated in a 2 day workshop heading "Sustainable genetic improvement, utilization and conservation of Indigenous live-stock breeds: Conventional & Biotechnological approach" 6th and 7th Sept. at SGVP Gurukul, Chharodi, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) for co-formulating strategies for the encouragement, propagation and better care using cutting-edge modern scientific technologies in the field of Indigenous cattle breeding in India. Scientists, Policy-makers, bio-technologies discussed and argued on sustainable genetic improvement and conventional bio-technological approaches for developing indigenous live-stock in India.
Swami Chinmayanand, Swami Indreshanand, Swami Amaranand ji addressed the convention and the views and experiences of the Sansthan's work in this field was applauded.

The spate of cross-breeding since the last 40 years has brought to extinction some excellent breeds of our Indian indigenous cattle and some are virtu…

Losing native breeds

For a country that prides itself on being the third largest biodiversity region in the world, the complete lack of respect for traditional animal breeds is unpardonable. We've lost half of the 27 breeds that once existed. Forty years after we began importing livestock, we are realising the folly of it Whether it's our biodiversity or our economic wealth, we are always unhappy with what we've got and believe the best way to grow and improve is by looking to America and the European Union. India has one of the largest cattle populations in the world -- around 300 million. But of the 27 breeds that once existed, we have lost half. Over 80% of our cows are nondescript because of indiscriminate crossbreeding; we simply don't know what breed they belong to. We are the top milk-producing nation in the world, yielding around 81 million tonnes of milk every year. America is Number 2. The official explanation for our success in this field is that we brought in hig…

Rashtriya Gokul Mission set up for development of indigenous cow breed

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday announced a nationwide scheme - 'Rashtriya Gokul Mission' - to protect the "indigenous breed" of cows and set aside Rs 150 crore for it during the current financial year. A number of Integrated Indigenous Cattle Centres (Gokul Grams) will be set up under the mission that will also work for improving milk productivity.

Since the scheme will be implemented by states, the agriculture ministry has called a meeting of state animal husbandry ministers here on September 16 to work out the modalities.

Announcing the scheme, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said, "The Rashtriya Gokul Mission aims to conserve and develop indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner."

He said the mission is a focussed project under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development, with an outlay of Rs 500 crore during the 12th Five Year Plan. "During 2014-15, Rs 150 crore will be allocated for development,…