Reproductive Biotechnology of Farm Animals
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PREFACE Since the beginning of civilization the goal of domestication of animals Animal Husbandry has been to produce quality food to feed the ever growing human population. As the Production directly depends on Reproduction , optimum rate of reproduction in food animals assumes significance. This attracted researchers and research grants to support Animal Reproduction Research all over the world. The result is, huge amount o f information on Animal Reproduction being generated every day. To keep pace with this Information explosion it is necessary to get acquainted and review the information regularly and draw inferences to benefit the livestock economy. The refresher s courses, W inter Schools, etc., can serve this purpose. The Reproductive Biology Research Unit at the Gujarat Agricul tural University, Anand, has been engaged in the research in Animal Reproduction since more than forty years. The major thrust o f research is on augmenting reproductive efficiency in buffaloes and goats. The Research Unit is well equipped in terms of facilities and scientific m an-pow er to impart advanced training in the area o f Animal Reproduction. The ICAR sponsored W inter School on the Recent Advances in the Reproductive Biotechnology o f farm animals was a three week training on recent advances in the subject of Animal Reproduction for the University teachers. The participants were drawn from all over the country, e.g. J K, Punjab, MP, Karnataka, TN, Assam, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Twenty five participants were selected for the school. The faculty for the school was drawn from well qualified and experienced teachers o f Veterinary College, Anand and Sardar krushi Nagar, and guest faculty from some o f the National Institutes o f fame, such as Bhabha Atomic Research Center, National Dairy Development Board, Sardar Patel University, etc. The three week s intensive theoretical and practical training included visits to various laboratories and farms in and around Anand and Vallabh Vidyanagar Nagar, Sabatmati Ashram
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Gaushala, Bidaj, etc. It is expected to make a significant impact on the participant s future teaching and research carrier. This compilation on "Reproductive Biotechnology o f Farm Animals" is based on the lectures delivered by the faculty during the winter school. The support of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, Gujarat Agricultural University, contributors of various topics and the staff o f the Reproductive Biology Research Unit is thankfully acknowledged.
Y. G. DUGWEKAR Head, Reproductive Biology Research Unit, College o f Veterinary Science A.H.