Vet Varsity organizes Sahiwal day for promoting Indigenous Cattle
Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organised ‘Sahiwal Day’ at Veterinary Polytechnic and Regional Research and Training Centre, Kaljharani (Bathinda). A large number of farmers from adjoining areas participated in this event. Dr. Harish Verma, Director Extension Education, GADVASU, Ludhiana was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Dr. Verma appraised that this is a peculiar event organised for promotion of Sahiwal Cattle in the state and its breeding tract. Good quality Sahiwal Cattle are found in border areas; Ferozepur, Amritsar and Bathinda. Sahiwal Cattle is a ‘Tick resistant breed, less prone to Mastitis, heat tolerant, Strong Hoofs & can survive even under adverse climatic conditions. Dr. Sittal Dev Jindal, Principal-cum-Joint Director, VP&RRTC, Kaljharani informed that GADVASU is organising two years Diploma Course in Veterinary Science and Animal Health Technology at Kaljharani. A herd of 250 Sahiwal Cattle with peak yield of 16 kg per day are being reared here. Training Facilities are also provided to Dairy and Goat Farmers. This centre is showcasing Sahiwal cattle to the farmers and providing germplasm as Male calves/bulls for breed improvement. Experts from Department of Veterinary Extension, , College of Dairy Science , GADVASU, Ludhiana, KVK Barnala participated and also put up an impressive exhibition in this event.Various Lectures were delivered by experts from University and other line departments. Dr. Simarjeet Kaur, Principal Investigator of the AICRP on Sahiwal cattle discussed Genetic Improvement in Sahiwal Cattle and recently this centre has got very good ranking from ICAR, New Delhi., Dr. Rajesh Kasrija delivered lecture on Reproductive Management of Sahiwal Cattle, Dr. Khushpreet Singh talked about various Training Programmes& Facilities of university. Award Function was also conducted where Merit Certificates and Trophies were presented to the students of Veterinary Polytechnic College, Kaljharani for their excellence in the fields of academics and co-curricular activities. On this occasion, Dr. Simarjeet, Animal Geneticist and Dr. Mohinderpal Singh, Farm Manager, were also honoured for their excellent performance. Further, the students showcased their skills by reciting poems on rearing Sahiwal cow. The programme was coordinated by Dr Sumandeep, while Drs Mandeep, Ajaybir and Mohinderpal helped for the sucess. Farmers were taken to the farm and were shown Sahiwal cows, Heifers, Calves and Male calves/Bulls and many registered their name for training as well as for getting the Sahiwal germplasm.