Expectations of dairy farmers and industry from animal breeding and genetics research

India is ranked 1st in milk production contributing 23 per cent of global milk production  and there are 50 well-defined breeds of cattle and 17 breeds of buffaloes. As per National Action Plan for Dairy Development envisages to achieve milk production target of 300 Million MT by 2023-24 from 155.5 Million MT during 2015-16 requiring an annual growth rate of 8.56% which would lead to increase in per capita availability of milk from current level of 337 grams per day to 592 grams per day in 2023-24 addressing the substantial nutritional requirement of growing population. To achieve the desired milk production targets, average In-milk animal productivity would be required to grow annually at the rate of 4.7%
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Cattle Feed Industry on Fast Track

The Indian cattle feed industry has grown at over 6 per cent per annum in the last decade making India one of the largest and fastest growing cattle feed markets in the world. Despite this growth, there is a huge gap between requirement and production. There is a huge opportunity for cattle feed formulators to reposition themselves as an effective tool to enhance livestock productivity. The future of cattle feed sector is challenging and bright.
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