WLR trained Indian managers of insemination stations

Published on
April 7, 2016

From 8-19 February 2016, WLR and CDI organised a training programme, for 15 managers of stations for Artificial Insemination (AI), operated by cooperatives in India. The training was part of the National Dairy Plan (NDP) in India, which particularly focusses on improved feeding and breeding strategies in order to double the milk production in India in the period 2012-2027.

During the training programme, the AI managers were introduced to the way cattle improvement and the artificial insemination infrastructure are operated in the Netherlands. The training programme participants gained state of the art knowledge through lectures on breeding, reproduction and cryopreservation, and were introduced to different organisations involved in breeding and AI in the Netherlands. During visits at AI stations, laboratories, research facilities and dairy farms many practical aspects were observed and discussed such as bull selection, bull management, freezing protocols and semen sexing technology. Veterinary health issues received proper attention when visiting CRV, Animal Health Service (GD) and Veterinary Faculty (FD). Further parts of the programme included an introduction to the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) and a visit to the AI Museum in Beers.

The programme was co-organised together with cattle breeding company CRV and the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre (ABGC) of WUR. This training programme was part of the implementation of the National Dairy Plan (NDP), which is implemented by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the umbrella organisation of all dairy cooperatives in India.

Wageningen UR Livestock Research implements training programmes for project coordinators of the four major themes identified by NDP; ration balancing, fodder production, breeding and AI management.