LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT Research Achievements




  • Biochemical properties of mithun rumen fluid have been studied
  • Total and differential counts of mithun rumen ciliates have been established and fourteen different species of rumen ciliates have been identified
  • Diurnal variations of different milk constituents and milk yield in mithun have been established
  • Changes in milk production and different milk contituents during the different lactation stages have been established
  • Lactation curves for milk yield and different milk constituents have been established
  • Levels of different macro and micro-elements in mithun plasma and locally available fodders have been estimated
  • Absorption efficiency of colostral immunoglobulin in neonatal mithun calves has been investigated
  • Effect of time and method of first colostrum feeding on serum immunoglobulin profiles in mithun calves has been established
  • Profiles of different immunoglobulins in serum during first three months of age in mithun calves have been established
  • A sensitive radioimmunassay for estimating FSH in mithun plasma has been developed and validated
  • Endocrine control of natural estrous cycle in mithun has been established
  • The hypothesis related to the endocrine control of follicular wave development and ovulation has been developed in mithun
  • The profiles of estradiol-17β, progesterone, LH, FSH and PGFM during natural estrous cycle in mtihun have been established
  • Endocrine control of behavioural estrus in mithun has been established
  • Secretion pattern of estradiol-17β, progesterone, LH, FSH and PGFM around the time of estrus during natural estrous cycle in mithun has been established
  • The role of LH and PGF2α on the development and regression of corpus luteum during mithun estrous cycle has been established
  • Secretion patterns of estradiol-17β, LH and FSH during estrus and mid-luteal phase of natural estrous cycle in mithun have been established
  • Methods for preserving mithun semen at 4°C and ultra-low temperature (-196°C in liquid nitrogen) have been developed
  • The technique of artificial insemination (AI) using cryopreserved semen has been standardized in mithun and birth of the first AI mithun calves could be achieved
  • Preliminary investigation on mithun’s draft capability has been conducted
  • Thirteen important bacteria have been identified in mithun rumen fluid through PCR amplification of 16S rDNA and genetic diversity of some of these bacteria has been established
  • SDS pattern of whey protein fractions in mithun milk has been established
  • Distribution of different casein protein fractions in mithun milk has been established