Maharashtra to undertake the genetic study to conserve the native species of cattle

With an aim to conserve the native species of cattle and domesticated animals in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, the state government is planning to undertake their genetic study, officials said today.

A meeting on initiating this project was held in Aurangabad recently. An official from the Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner office said that under this project, the genetic traits of Osmanabadi goat, Red Kandhari cow, Deoni bull, Caravan or Pashmi dogs will be studied. Their abilities and adaptation capabilities will also be analysed.

These animals have never been studied at the genetic level. The project, to be funded by the Maharashtra government, will help in the conservation of the native species of animals in the region the official said.

Red Kandhari and Deoni bulls are useful for farming purposes, but the number of pure breeds of these animals is on the decline. Hence their genetic study is important, the official said.