The centre government has put the NDDB Dairy Services (NDS) owned Rahuri Semen Station in Maharashtra as the India’s numbero Uno on parameters ranging from quality, animal genetics to health and safety protocols, with its other semen station getting “A” ranking, the company said on Monday. A Technical Audit report of 55 Semen Station across the country for 2022-23 by the Central Monitoring Unit (CMU) was submitted to Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development earlier this month where Rahuri was given a marking of 97 followed by 95 for Animal Breeding Centre Salon, a NDS station, in Utter Pradesh.
The CMU report accorded a total of nine semen stations a score of 90 and above under Grade A. The other seven include the two NDS stations — Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala, Bidaj in Gujarat and Alamadhi Semen station in Tamil Nadu; Karnataka Govt’s station at SLBTC Hessarghetta; Kerala Government’s station at Dhoni; Bihar Govt’s station at Purnea (Under NDS), BAIF’s station at Uralikanchan and BSSRC Hisar.
Chairman, NDDB, Meenesh Shah, who is also the Chairman of NDS said, “It is a proud moment of all of us and this will spur us to do more for the service of the dairy farmers. Credit to this goes to the dedication of the teams of Veterinary experts and scientists who are working for enhancing the productivity of the milch animals and propagation of the genetics of the indigenous breeds.
“The semen stations run by NDDB Dairy Services are amongst the best professionally managed semen stations not in India but also in the world. These stations adhere strictly to the quality protocols and have in-place stringent bio-security measures to produce disease free semen. The evaluation report of CMU and the scores received by our stations revalidates our processes and expertise,” he said.
The NDS stations have close to 1800 high genetic merit bulls of 35 breeds and together sold over 5.2 crore doses during the evaluation period 2022-23. These stations are also actively involved in In vivo and Invitro embryo production and transfers.