As a means to boost animal insemination at Kadawa Insemination Center, the Kano State Government have acquired N9.2 million worth of five pure breed of Friesian bulls in the state.
iBrandTV gathered that the center is located at Garun-Malam Local government area of the state.
The move according to the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project (KSADP), is to enable the state inseminate 25,000 cows per annum to further boost the availability of meat in the state.
KSADP was supported by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
What the project coordinator said
The project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba-Muhammad, disclosed that the contract was awarded to Hamjik Agric Plus Limited.
He said “Friesian cattle produce large quantity of milk and their male calves can also be fattened to produce good quality beef.
“You may be aware that Kano has two Animal Insemination Centres, one in Kadawa and the other one in Makoda.
“Our project will equip and operationalize the one at Kadawa to enable it inseminate 25,000 cows per annum, beginning from this year.
“That is why we are providing the bulls,” he said.
He noted that Artificial Insemination (AI) was an Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) used globally to deposit or store semen directly into a cow or heifer’s uterus.
Garba-Muhammad said that has several advantages over natural mating, which included reducing sexually transmitted diseases among cattle and improving genetic quality of livestock.
According to him, the insemination strategy would also go a long way in improving the livelihoods of pastoralists and cattle breeders, considering the increasing need for dairy products and beef in the state and the country at large.
“This initiative is part of the project’s objective to contribute to improving food and nutrition security as well as reducing poverty in the state,” he said.
What you need to know about Friesians bull
Friesians bull are a breed of dairy cattle originating from the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Friesland, and Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany. They are known as the world’s highest-production dairy animals
British Friesian heifers regularly make between £1600 and £2000 each at auction and purchasers regularly return to Carlisle to purchase Thornington-bred animals.