Evolution of new breeds
- A new breed of cattle named ‘HARDHENU’, synthetic population of crossbreds has been developed. This breed is bestowed with the highest milk yield of 38.5 kg/day/animal, lower age at first calving (36 months), lower calving interval (13 months) and better feed-conversion efficiency. It is suited to agro-climatic conditions of Haryana and capable of producing more than 5500 kg of milk per lactation with fat content of more than 3.8%. The breed is having 62.5 % Holstein, 27.5 % Sahiwal and 10.0 % Hariana inheritance.
- A new breed of sheep named ‘HARNALI’ showing marked improvement in wool quality over local breeds has been developed.
- A new breed of backyard poultry named ‘HARLAY’, which showed improvement in egg production has also been developed.
Development of diagnostic tools/technologies
- LUVAS has the only laboratory in India that produces recombinant single domain camel antibody fragments through phage display technology (nano antibodies) having diagnostic and therapeutic applications
- Monoclonal antibody based kits for monitoring of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia and Surra have been developed
- Nucleic acid based diagnostic tests (conventional PCR / real time RT-PCR / PCR and LAMP) have been developed for diagnosis of economically important livestock and poultry diseases.
- Developed Animal Forensics tools for cow and buffalo meat identification from raw, cooked & spoiled samples
- LUVAS has developed PCR based technology for characterization of A1/A2 genotype of animals for beta casein milk protein
- DIVA test (3A-NSP antigen based ELISA) as per World Organization for Animal Health protocol in collaboration with Freidrich Loeffler Institute, Germany for differentiation of FMD infected and vaccinated animals (DIVA strategy).
- Developed Field Spot Test for the detection of urea in milk to prevent adulteration of milk at individual house hold level.
- Developed Protein–G Based Technology and Fluorescence Polarization Assay for the diagnosis of brucellosis in buffaloes for the first time in the country
Development of new vaccines
- The university has developed novel experimental vaccines against bovine haemorrhagic septicemia and biofilm forming Staphylococcus aureus.
- The scientists have been actively involved in the development of India’s First Inactivated Pentavalent Bluetongue Vaccine for control of Bluetongue Disease.
Contribution towards disease diagnosis, surveillance, monitoring and treatment
- LUVAS has an outstanding contribution in the containment of economically devastating Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the State of Haryana and Delhi resulting into savings of more than 600 Crore rupees to the state exchequer every year. Haryana has the laurels of becoming the first state of the country with successful implementation of FMD control program launched by Government of India
- Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (TVCC) of the University is a premier centre for treatment of animals and serves as a referral Veterinary Clinics for Haryana and neighboring states. It is well equipped with modern multi- specialty infrastructure and technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of livestock. During the period under report, a total of 72,602 clinical cases which included 58957 cases of Medicine, 9586 cases of Surgery and 4059 cases of Gynecology belonging to various animal species were provided treatment.
- The Regional Centre at Uchani (Karnal) has been upgraded and equipped with advanced technologies for providing yeoman’s services to the livestock owners of North-Eastern region of the state situated along the National Highway 1. During the period under report, a total of 62874 cases which included 49286 cases of Medicine, 10461 cases of Surgery and 3127 cases of Gynaecology belonging to various animal species were provided treatment.
- The Department of Veterinary Microbiology of the University has been recognized by ICAR as the Centre for Advanced Faculty Training (CAFT).
- The College Central laboratory has contributed towards control of mastitis and brucellosis; both the diseases have huge economical significance in terms of loss to productivity in milch animals.
Use of non-conventional crops / crop residues for animal feeding / management
- The University has conducted successful trials on use of cotton seed plus cottonseed cake as replacement to groundnut cake based concentrate mixture in cattle, thus reducing cost of production.
- The trials on use of maize as replacement to pearl millet/barley in goats, use of crushed maize with intact pearl millet up to a level of 60% in layers in their first phase of laying, replacement of maize at 100 % level by either whole or ground soaked sorghum grains in lambs have been underway.
- Studies on use of “typha” (Patera grass) roof insulation to ameliorate thermal stress in buffalo calves
- Successful trials of use of chaffed wheat straw litter amended with superphosphate for rearing litter.
- Development of meat and milk products
- Development of organoleptically acceptable and chicken rolls incorporated with dried apple pomace, dried carrot pomace and corn bran (CB)
- Development of organoleptically acceptable and health enhancing chevon rolls enriched with dietary fibre, antioxidants like polyphenols by using dried apple pomace and corn bran separately or in combination
- Development of Chevon meat patties by adding dried carrot pomace powder, pineapple pomace powder (PPP) separately and in combination.
Development of technologies in Animal Reproduction
- Successful studies on use of intravaginal sponges containing 100 mg as well as 150 mg P4 along with 200 IU PMSG for synchronization of oestrus with acceptable level of fertility.
- Detection of pregnancy at 20 days of gestation with 7.5 MHz transducer.
- Studies on the use of 3D Ultrasonography for analysis of foetal development in great details.
- Studies on supplementation by Caffeine and theophylline in semen before cryopreservation for semen quality during both pre- and post-freezing stage.
- Development of CIDR+PMSG+hCG+Duraprogen protocol.
MOU signed between LUVAS and Pirbright Institute, UK
MoU between LUVAS and The Pirbright Institute, U.K. was signed on 27/08/2015 with the intension to establish a mutually beneficial relationship to exchange scientist and knowledge.