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Pulikulam cattle approved as indigenous breed

Madurai’s own Pulikulam cattle breed which provides us those raging bulls that test the taming skills of bull fighters during the ancient sport of jallikattu held annually has now been approved and registered as an indigenous breed.
The Breed Registration Committee (BRC) of National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) coming under Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has approved the registration. In a letter issued by B.K.Joshi, Director, NBAGR, it has been stated that the committee had approved the registration of Pulikulam cattle as a breed and the accession number of the breed is ‘01 Pulikulam Tamilnadu INDIA_CATTLE_1800_ PULIKULAM_03035.’
Thanks to the tireless efforts of SEVA (Sustainable agriculture and Environmental Voluntary Action) – an institution specialising in conservation of native cattle breeds – in Madurai which has been working hard over the years fighting for the protection of native cattle and livestock breeds.
NBAGR is the nodal a…

Kasaragod dwarf cattle may get native animal status

KOCHI: Moves are afoot to get the Kasaragod dwarf cattle included in the list of native cattle breed of Kerala by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR), Karnal, Faridabad.

The Vechur Conservation Trust, which was active in efforts to revive Vechur cows from the brink of extinction, is planning to launch the initiative and will rope in Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) and the state government for the purpose.

"I have done some studies on tracing and documenting the characteristics of the Kasaragod dwarf cattle when I was working at the Animal Breeding and Genetics Department of the Kerala Agricultural University in the late 1990s. Now, we have to compile those data and the data generated in the subsequent studies, and present them to the NBAGR," Sosamma Iype, a managing trustee of Vechur trust told TOI here.

"The Kasaragod dwarf cattle is a small animal (average size 95 cms) that can survive on kitchen scraps…