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Protein platter on golden date

It will be a meaty golden jubilee for Ranchi Veterinary College on Tuesday, with the Birsa Agriculture University (BAU) wing planning to share its record science of cross-breeding with the world through an alumni meet and a symposium.

Bengal and Britain will occupy pride of place during the celebrations, says college dean Sant Kumar Singh.

“We have created history with a new pig breed, which is a cross between local ones and those found in Tamworth, Staffordshire, 166km from London. Named T&D pig, it is already a rage with farmers from Punjab to Assam.

“Another record was set when we came up with a new variety of goat by crossing our local breed with the well-known Black Bengal. We will showcase our twin achievements to the world on November 29 to commemorate our golden jubilee,” Singh said.

The T&D pig, developed after years of extensive research, breeds more, grows quickly and has a unique resistance to diseases. “The demand beats supply by hundred times. We are now offering training to farmers from Jharkhand, Bengal, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Haryana,” the dean said.

He pointed out that the female Black Bengal goat too had a higher reproductive capacity. On an average, it can produce three offsprings thrice in two years, with each weighing 15-20kg in a year’s time. “The crossbred pigs and goats have helped farmers boost their incomes,” he said.

Established in 1961, the veterinary cradle has come a long way. From no infrastructure and a college farm too small even for rats, it was crowned one of the best animal science colleges in the country in 1984.

Records reveal that the Ranchi Veterinary College has produced 1,508 graduates, 412 postgraduates, while doctoral degrees have been awarded to 89 research scholars.

BAU vice chancellor M.P. Pandey said the golden jubilee celebrations would span over two days. The first day will see an alumni meet, with more than 400 participants, and a seminar on the role of veterinarians. On November 30, a symposium will be inaugurated by Governor Syed Ahmed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France.

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