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Genetic improvement of indigenous dairy animals through progeny testing program  [2008]

Ghaffar, A. (Livestock and Dairy Development Board, Islamabad (Pakistan)) Khan, M.S. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics) Raza, S.H. (Livestock and Dairy Development Board, Islamabad (Pakistan)) Afzal, M. (Livestock and Dairy Development Board, Islamabad (Pakistan))

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Livestock and Dairy Development Board (LDDB) is executing a PSDP funded Dairy Development Project which has a component of progeny testing of indigenous dairy animals. This component aims at strengthening and expansion of ongoing progeny testing of Nili Ravi buffalo and Sahiwal cattle in Punjab and initiation a new progeny testing programme for Red Sindhi cattle and Kundhi buffalo in Sindh province. This paper describes the activities undertaken so far for achieving the desired targets in Sindh province. A MoU was signed between the Livestock and Fisheries Department, Govt of Sindh and LDDB on 2nd February 2008. Since then activities included three workshops, two in Sindh (Hyderabad, Sukkur) and one in Balochistan (Lasbella), to inject awareness among the farmers regarding this programme. Uptil now 5951 animals have been ear tagged and registered including 267 animals of Red Sindhi in Lasbella, Balochistan. A new concept of contractual hiring of milk recorders and Al technician is being operated in this area. Currently about 2500 animals have been recorded for individual milk production on monthly interval. The registered animals are provided free prophylactic measures for HS and FMD besides deworming of young calves.

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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences (Pakistan)

ISSN : 0552-9034