Demand for semen of local breeds of bulls on the rise

Demand for semen of local breeds of bulls on the rise
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One major spin-off of the bifurcation is that of late the Frozen Semen Bull Station here has been receiving requests for supply of semen of Ongole and Gir breeds of bulls, though previously the demand for the semen of hybrid variety was predominant.

Karimnagar: One major spin-off of the bifurcation is that of late the Frozen Semen Bull Station here has been receiving requests for supply of semen of Ongole and Gir breeds of bulls, though previously the demand for the semen of hybrid variety was predominant.

Therefore, the officials of the station have been making sustained efforts to obtain the semen of domestic breeds sought by farmers from the government, after submitting relevant reports.

Upon bifurcation, the bull station here has become the only facility of its kind in Telangana State. Therefore, the demand for local breed bull semen has been on the rise. Against the demand for 16 lakh semen samples, the station could meet the demand for only 12.72 lakh samples. It bridged the shortfall by obtaining semen from Andhra Pradesh (50,000 samples) and Tamil Nadu (4.50 lakh samples).

There are 58 he-buffaloes and 34 bulls at the station. Twenty of them have gone dry and would not be able to produce semen because of the age factor. Hence, the station authorities are replacing them with local breed bulls and he-buffaloes.

The State government authorities are of the considered view that establishment of another such station in the State would help meet the total demand for semen. A committee has been appointed to recommend allotment of funds to take care of the bulls.

The Frozen Bull Semen Station in-charge, Dr Anil, pointed out that bulls of local breeds are known to have relatively more immunity; hence, the increase in demand for their semen. The maintenance costs of the local breeds are also minimal. Therefore, farmers are inclined towards rearing local breeds.

By Ch Gopalakrishna

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