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Title: Traditional technologies in the improvement of breeds of livestock in Tamil Nadu
Authors: Karthickeyan, S M K
Gajendran, K
Keywords: Traditional Knowledge;Breed Improvement;Livestock;Animal husbandry
Issue Date: Jul-2005
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.7: A61D19/00
Abstract:  Animal husbandry has been practiced in India since time immemorial. Among different species of livestock kept by farmers, cattle and buffaloes are maintained by maximum numbers in varying combinations. Earlier various methods were used for the improvement of the breeds of livestock. Tamil Nadu is endowed with some recognized breeds of cattle (5), buffalo (1), sheep (8) and goat (1), besides many non-descript domestic animal species. There are certain traditional background in the evolution and existence of these breeds. Selection of animals and planned mating were evolved in earlier days itself. Further, efforts are being made by the farmers to change their sire in the herd / flock for improvement even with out knowing the underlying principles. Indigenous technical know-how used for the improvement of breeds of cattle, buffaloes, sheep and goats and pigs in Kerala have been discussed.
Page(s): 303-306
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.04(3) [July 2005]

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