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Karnataka veterinary varsity plans to increase sheep meat production

A J Vinayak Mangaluru | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on February 19, 2015

The Bidar-based KVAFSU (Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University) is planning to increase the sheep meat production by introducing twinning gene in non-descript sheep varieties.

In an informal chat with presspersons on the sidelines of a programme at College of Fisheries in Mangaluru on Thursday, C Renukaprasad, Vice-Chancellor of KVAFSU, said that the university has a tie-up with Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Phaltan in Maharashtra in this regard.

NARI’s efforts in developing Booroola gene has helped in increasing the lamb production in the country, as the gene carrier ewes produce twin lambs at every alternate lambing.

The university wants to introduce this gene into non-descript varieties of sheep in the State. With this effort, the intention is to increase sheep meat production by 25 per cent in four years.

Stating that the university is not concentrating all sheep varieties under this, he said the gene will be introduced only in non-descript ones.

Published on February 19, 2015
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