Rathi cattle of north-west of Rajasthan: a gift of nature
Purohit, G.N (2001) Rathi cattle of north-west of Rajasthan: a gift of nature. Indian Journal of Animal Production, 33 (1-4). pp. 7-13.
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Rathi breed of cattle have remained a gift of nature to the arid north-west part of Rajasthan. Their productive and reproductive performances have been reviewed. It can be fairly concluded from the farm and field findings that Rathi cows have a tremendous production potential. The production potential of animals raised in their natural habitat being better than the farm bred cows. Reproductive performance had been comparatively poor in the field and depends more on the availability of green fodder. Individual cows show exceptionally high productive performance and such cows should be selected for propagating the germ plasm. The animals in their natural habitat are maintained at minimal inputs by migratory practices. The animals have a high tolerance to withstand extremes of climate and are highly disease resistant. The Rathi tracts have diversified and the animal numbers have shown a precipitous fall, if this erosion/diversification is not recoiled, the already reduced outstanding germ plasm may be further lost. There is an urgent need to summarize the existing steps to conserve the breed and formulate practices and policies to conserve and propagate the breed.
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