Kerala Role One of the most Important in National Dairy Plan

Published on: 27 May, 2014
Published under: Kerala Agriculture News

Kerala State is set to play an important role in the National Dairy Plan of the country for which it have taken certain steps and provisions to contribute for the national plan through genetic improvement of livestock.

The three cattle semen production stations of the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) at Mattupatti in Idukki, Dhoni in Palakkad and Kulathupuzha in Kollam district have been awarded A grade by the Union Ministry of Agriculture, following a biennial assessment in 2013.

The three stations together produce more than 30 lakh doses of semen every year from stud bulls of pure and crossbred species including Jersey, Holstein Freisen, Gir, Rathi, Tharparkar, Red Sindhi, Sahiwal and local breeds like Vechur and Kasaragod Dwarf. The semen is used for artificial insemination of cattle. The stations regularly supply frozen bull semen to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, apart from domestic dairy farmers.

The farms are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including semen banks, computerised semen analysers and integrated production systems that enable a semen sample to be traced back to the animal from which it was drawn.


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