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Central Institute for Research on Cattle

Specialised research institution

Overview

The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cattle (ICAR-CIRC), in Meerut Cantt., is an institute operating under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.

The Central Institute for Research on Cattle (CIRC) formerly known as Project Directorate on Cattle (PDC) was established on 3rd November 1987 at Military Farms School and Research Centre, Meerut by upgrading the status of All- India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Cattle. Being a premiere Institute solely working on the genetic improvement of cattle, it plays significant and pivotal role in improving the cattle production. The ICAR- CIRC conducts interdisciplinary research in the field of cattle breeding, feeding, management and reproduction to enhance productivity and profitability. The Institute plans, coordinates and monitors the research projects on cattle and serves as national data repository and provide consultancy for cattle production and reproduction.

The institute plays a significant role by providing superior male germplasm to stakeholders. The Institute helps to produce high producing cattle through the supply of superior progeny tested male germplasm. The production performance of daughters born out of the semen doses supplied by the Institute is comparatively better than the female cattle in other similar programmes. The Institute provides training to the AI workers and farmers involved in cattle rearing and thereby motivate the rural youths and to generate self-employment. The institute also coordinates three important genetic improvement projects through AICRP on cattle to increase the performance of cattle maintained under both farm and field conditions along with suitable technologies for sustenance of production and reproduction. The institute also acts as a key player in the socio-economic upliftment of cattle owners by infusing superior germplasm in the farmer’s herd with suitable feeding and management technologies for enhancing the milk production and optimising reproduction.

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