The Pattagar, who was the chairman of the Coimbatore District Board, supplied quality stud bulls to the Salem and Coimbatore District Boards for upgrading the Konga cattle. He also supplied the nucleus stock to the then Madras Government. They are stationed at the District Livestock Farm, Hosur.
After the ‘White Revolution’, where quantity took over quality, the government started ignoring native cattle. However, it supplies semen straws for artificial insemination.
The current bulls brought by the Hosur DLF seem to be not true to the type Kangayam as the Pattagar supplied. Also the process of AI, which was for the rarest cases is used indiscriminately, leading to:
- The small quantity of semen in the straw is not enough in some cases to fertilise the cow.
- The refrigeration conditions may not be properly maintained and the resulting straw could already be sterile in some cases.
- Lack of expertise noticed in most of the novice inseminators.
- Proper post insemination care is not given
- The genetic variety is lost due to a few bulls (around 20) procured from doubt-able sources being rotated.
Thus it has been decided by the current Manradiar, that the farm would have a fertility centre in its premises which is open for breeders at operating charge. The initial batch of five sterile cows is being treated in the foolproof ethno-veterinary method.