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Livestock Farming : Odisha state project to conserve native cattle breed

Scientist of ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) produced cloned calf ‘HISAR GOURAV’ on December 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM, birth weight of 40.4 kg born through normal delivery.

The new cloned buffalo calf is different from the earlier clones produced in India. This is produced from cells of ventral side of tail of superior buffalo bull, this part is least exposed to sunlight and may have less mutation rate, and can be good choice for isolation of donor cells to produce healthy clones.

This clone has been made under the project entitled, Cloning for conservation and multiplication of superior buffalo germplasm. This bull is currently used for semen production at CIRB, Hisar. The semen from this bull is in great demand and its AI conception rate is about 53%.