Uttarakhand plans genetic enhancement of its indigenous Badri cow

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Uttarakhand plans genetic enhancement of its indigenous Badri cow

Uttarakhand is now planning for its genetic development to increase the productivity of the indigenous Badri cow that grazes on medicinal herbs of the Himalayas.

Important facts

  • The state Animal Husbandry Department proposed to use sex-sorted semen technology to improve the stock of the petite Badri cattle.

  • Officials proposed to opt for the embryo transfer method to produce more cattle of a high genetic stock.

  • The authorities decided to opt for multiple ovulation embryo transfer (MOET), a conventional embryo flush, which is the most common procedure used in advanced cattle breeding.

  • Ovum pick-up In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is another technique that will be used to increase milk production.

About Badri Cow

  • Badri Desi Cow is a native cow species of Uttarakhand.

  • This cow grazes on native herbs and shrubs in the Himalayas and hence its milk has high medicinal value.

  • These cattle are adapted to the hilly terrain and climatic conditions of Uttarakhand.

  • This strong and disease resistant breed is found in the hilly areas of Almora and Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand.

  • Disease resistance is a very important feature of this breed as it rarely gets any diseases.

Benefits of Badri Cow milk

  • Badri cow milk contains about 90% A2 beta-casein protein which is the highest of any indigenous variety.

  • The antioxidants present in its pure desi ghee help the body absorb vitamins and minerals better, thereby boosting immunity.

  • The butyric acid in Badri cow ghee helps strengthen immunity by increasing T-cell production in the intestine and helps fight allergies.

  • Badri ghee costs ₹3,000 to ₹5,000 a kg.

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