Himachal creates a Murrah buffalo breeding farm: La Tribune India
Shimla, October 10
The government of Himachal Pradesh will set up a centrally funded Murrah buffalo farm with an expenditure of Rs 506.45 lakh for genetic upgrading and dairy extension services, the minister of milk said on Sunday. breeding, Virender Kanwar.
The breeding farm, which will produce a high quality fertile and disease-free cattle herd, will be set up by the Himachal Pradesh Livestock and Poultry Development Council in Burnoh in Una District .
Murrah’s buffalo is the preferred choice of many dairy farmers.
The minister said the goal of the farm is to produce high-yielding calves to improve overall milk production.
The native breed Murrah, nationally recognized as native by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources of Karnal, exhibits distinct characteristics and constitutes 359,979 (55%) of the state’s total buffalo population.
The State will set up three ultra-modern sheds at an initial cost of Rs 75 lakh to breed 50 high genetics buffaloes, comprising 30 adults and 20 heifers.
The 30 newly calved adult buffaloes with pedigree bred in first or second lactation and 20 disease free heifers will be purchased from government farms.
The state will supply high-quality semen to farmers and the surplus will be supplied to neighboring states – Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh – to meet the growing demand, Kanwar said.
The Murrah buffalo farm will be equipped with scientific waste management and rainwater harvesting facilities and a fodder farm.
To reduce the operating cost of farms, the preparation of fodder and silage from green fodder crops will be practiced, said the minister.
Forage production will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 15 lakh to reduce the cost of animal husbandry in order to make the project economically viable and the manure is to be used as organic fertilizer for the cultivation of green fodder.
It is proposed to use the surplus green fodder for silage production to be used during lean periods, he added.