Getting ready to revolutionise #INDIAN-Dairy-Farmer
The morning today came with a new dawn for the dairy community of India. It is truly a revolutionary step towards fast tracking the genetic progress and significantly increasing the productivity in Indian dairy animals. Chitale Genus ABS India created history by importing 13 top of the line Holstein bulls from ABS Global, USA in the first phase that landed at Mumbai airport in the wee hours this morning. These bulls are by far the best Holstein bulls ever available in India as per genomic values and are one of the top ones even in USA. The bulls possess high genetic merit for production traits like milk, fat, protein, Udder and Legs & Feet. They have been carefully selected for long productive life in animals that are the need of the hour for the Indian dairy farmers. This import will significantly reduce the genetic lag between India and USA as dairy farmers in Maharashtra and India can access same genetics as their counterparts in advanced dairy nations.
“All the bulls are genomically evaluated for their transmitting ability of high genetic potential to their progenies, thereby strengthening the armoury of Chitale Genus ABS who are engaged in production of high quality cattle and buffalo frozen semen at their state-of-the-art dairy genetics facility – Brahma near Sangli in Maharashtra” said Vishvas Chitale, director of Chitale Genus ABS India. It is truly the most advanced facility for animal genetics in India.
Dr. Arvind Gautam, MD, ABS India expressed that frozen semen from these bulls will be used by farmers for producing high quality cows which will produce more milk, thereby, leading to more prosperous dairy farmers. Although India produces highest amount of milk in the world, per animal productivity is very low compared to USA and other western countries, he adds.
Due to being prized live animals, this special cargo brought lot of interest at Mumbai cargo where they were very delicately handled by a team of Lufthanasa, GVK and Narendra Forwarders. Considering a long journey, Indian customs at Mumbai extended their full co-operation. The bulls were escorted by Mumbai police for smooth transport to Mumbai Animal Quarantine which would be their new house for few weeks under the supervision of Dr. Rajiv Khosla, Head Animal Quarantine at Mumbai. This will go a long way in changing the complexion of the dairy industry in India and is truly a quantum leap in dairy genetics.