Bhubaneswar, Jan 8 (LocalWire) The birth of a female calf out of artificial insemination has brought cheers to the veterinary officials and experts working for the conservation of multi-purpose Binjharpuri breed, indigenous to the Binjharpur area in Odisha’s Jajpur district.
The female calf was born on Friday at state-run Bovine Breeding Research & Bull Mother Farms (BBR & BM) at Khapuria, Cuttack, an official of the centre told LocalWire.
It has the credit of being the first-ever Binjharpuri calf born through artificial insemination that took place on 20 April 2019 and the Semen used was B4FE.
Bishnupada Sethi, the then secretary of fisheries and animal resources development department had taken several measures to upgrade the genetic potential of the bovine population.
He was the guiding force behind the growth of the Frozen Semen Bank (FSB) in Cuttack and conservation of the indigenous breeds.
It was because of his initiatives the bank had also received the rank “A” among the semen banks in the country.
Artificial insemination by using frozen semen technology is being extensively used for genetic up-gradation of indigenous cattle throughout the country.
Dissemination of superior milk production traits is the key for productive enhancement of the dairy animal.
The dual-purpose Binjharpuri breed is also found in Bari, Sujanpur and Dasarathpur area of Jajpur district and the adjoining Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts.
The cattle are traditionally maintained by farmers for milk, draught and manure.
The animals are medium-sized, strong and chiefly white. Some animals are Grey, Black or Brown.
In males, the hump, neck and some regions of face and back are black irrespective of their coat colour.
Horns are medium in size and curved upward and inward. The milk yield per lactation ranges from 915-1350 kg with milk fat ranging from 4.3-4.4 per cent.
“It is a proud moment for all of us as we have marched a step forward for successful conservation and development of the breed”, said a senior veterinary officer.
Such initiative was the first of its kind in the state, which could be possible due to constant guidance and support extended by Sethi, he said.
“Binjharpuri cow has already been registered as 33rd Cattle Breed in India. More such AI calves are expected soon,” he said.
It is a proud moment for all as we have marched a step forward towards the successful conservation and development of the breed” he said.
Edited by Meenal Singh