India’s First Cloned Desi Gir Female Calf

The National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal, Haryana, has produced the country’s first cloned female calf of the desi breed Gir, named ‘Ganga.’ The NDRI had initiated a project to clone indigenous cow breeds such as Gir and Sahiwal to increase milk production.

Gir, Sahiwal, Tharparkar, and Red-Sindhi are indigenous cattle breeds in India that play a pivotal role in milk production and the growth of the Indian dairy industry. Among these, Gir is well-known for its tolerance to conditions of stress and resistance to various tropical diseases.

More than 15 liters of milk per day can be produced by the cloned Gir female calf, which has the potential to significantly contribute to milk production.

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