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‘Elite’ bulls to be bred for supply to semen banks

Madikeri: A modern Jersey bull breeding centre will come up near Kudige in Somwarpet taluk in Kodagu district soon, for which the Centre has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 7 lakh, according to Deputy Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry M.T. Manjunath.

Bulls would be bred at the centre and supplied to frozen semen banks all over the country, Dr. Manjunath told The Hindu.

The Centre was expected to release an additional Rs. 15 lakh in October, he said. Jersey bulls were best for rearing in all districts of the State because of their adaptability, Dr. Manjunath said.

Consistency in milk production was the hallmark of Jersey cows.

Profitable

Originally, the Jersey breed came from the U.K.

But the Government banned the import of the exotic breed for various reasons, including spread of diseases.

Hence, breeding the best of the ‘desi’ breed was very significant, he said. Bulls bred in Kudige would cost around Rs. 1.5 lakh each.

The bulls would be utilised for semen collection only for three years after which they would be culled, meaning separated from the herd and handed over to Pinjarapole, an organisation involved in the conservation of cattle in Mysore.

There were plans to produce 1,000 bulls at the centre annually, which could go up in future.

The centre would also be in a position to supply bulls if there was demandfrom other States, Dr. Manjunath said.

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