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Chilika- A Distinct Registered Buffalo Breed of India

Ravinder Singh; Shailendra Kumar Mishra; Changanamkandath Rajesh; Susant Kumar Dash; Saket Kumar Niranjan; Ranjit Singh Kataria.

Indian ranks highest in terms of livestock wealth in the world. Livestock sector plays important role not only to the income and employment but also in foreign exchange earnings. Among all the domestic animal species, buffaloes alone contributes highest in milk as well as meat production making India top country in the world for milk and buffalo meat production. The buffalo therefore is one of the important livestock species with significant contribution to Indian economy. Water buffalo population of Bubalus bubalis species particularly is widespread in tropical and subtropical countries with hot and humid climates. Besides the economic importance, buffalo population like Chilika of Odisha state also helps to maintain the natural ecosystem and germplasm of this population needs to be preserved. The Chilika breed, which recently has been registered is reared under unique management conditions, having unique quality products, like curd. Here we present some interesting and distinctive features about Chilika buffalo breed of Odisha.

Key words: Bubalus bubalis;Chilika;Characteristics;Management

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