Friday, October 14th, 2016

Ramdev to import Brazilian bull semen to increase cow’s population in India

Narada Desk | October 14, 2016 2:56 pm Print
With artificial insemination programme, which is likely to produce 92 per cent female offsprings in the country, Ramdev believes that the number of cows ending up in slaughter houses will be reduced

In another ‘brilliant’ move to protect the holy Indian cow, yoga guru Baba Ramdev is reportedly planning to go for artificial insemination that will see more female calves in the country.

According to reports, Ramdev is expected to implement his plan with semen from Brazilian bulls and technical support from US and Dutch experts.

With artificial insemination programme, which is likely to produce 92 per cent female offspring in the country, Ramdev believes that the number of cows ending up in slaughter houses will be reduced.

The yoga guru was quoted in news reports as saying: “Nasal sudhaar (breed improvement) is the need of the hour. More milk-producing cows will only add to improvement of the economy. We need to improve the pedigree of cows by giving them rich feed and taking proper care of them.”

The breed improvement will also help milch cattle to have longer productive lives, Baba Ramdev argued.

As part of the programme, Ramdev’s Patanjali is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) later this month with Dutch outfit CRV and three gaushalas in the country have already been identified for artificial insemination and breed improvement.

Meanwhile, officials of Patanjali also claimed the ‘desi’ element in bringing the semen from Brazilian bulls, saying it will be a ‘ghar wapsi’ of semen.

Patanjali’s dairy unit head Yashpal Arya was quoted as saying: “The Brazilians back in the 1940s visited India and taken indigenous cows, which over a period with selective breeding, balanced nutrition and care, had produced a rich pedigree of female and male calves.”

“Hence, these bulls (in Brazil) are basically Indian indigenous bulls but born and brought up in Brazil,” added Arya .

In August this year, Baba Ramdev announced Rs 500 crore investments to build four mega shelters for cows across the country. According to him, the four ‘gaushalas’ will be constructed to improve productivity of Indian cows up to ten times.

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