DRDO develops hybrid cows, goats for high altitude areas

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  1. Daredevil

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    DRDO develops hybrid cows, goats for high altitude areas

    New Delhi: Aiming to meet requirements of fresh meat and dairy products for soldiers deployed in high altitude areas, a DRDO lab has developed hybrid varieties of animals which can sustain the low temperatures of Ladakh and similar locations in the Himalayan region.

    The animals - cows, goats and mules - have been developed by Leh-based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR). "Earlier soldiers were using packaged milk and meat. But the hybrid cow- crossbreed of Ladakhi yak and high-yielding Sahiwal cows found in the plains- is able to give 25 litres of milk everyday," DRDO Chief Controller Research and Development W Selvamurthy said.

    "With these new varieties in place, over 25 per cent of milk and meat requirements of the armed forces can be met locally," he said. Similarly, the high altitude resistant goats can withstand minus 50 degree Celsius to meet the daily requirement of meat for the soldiers posted there, he added.

    The defence scientists have also developed hybrid mules - termed as 'Zanskar ponies', which can carry loads to heights, earlier considered out of range for these animals.

    "The development of these mules allows us to ensure regular supply of fresh food and other essentials to posts located in higher mountains," Selvamurthy said. Development of these animals has also provided the local people an additional livelihood opportunity as increasing number of people are showing their interest in rearing these animals.

    Recently, DRDO started a project to increase the sustainability of chickens at high altitudes. The fowls are taken to Leh-based laboratories and facilities by military aircraft to study their ability to withstand high altitude and extreme temperature.

    DIHAR has been honoured by the Prime Minister for developing technologies suitable for development of agro-practices in high altitude regions.
     
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    I don't know why the facepalm. This has been happening since the establishment of DRDO. There is a section of DRDO which deals only with research on food that is required for the Soldiers. Food is as important as the weapons they carry.

    Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Mysore
     
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    May be such responsibility should be entrusted to civil branches like regional research laboratories and institutes etc. Food in integral part but not necessarily Defence research related stuffs. Anyways farming defence force is not a great idea, after all they have to go to the market to buy their food stuffs.
     
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    We have been seeing from the second world war that a lot of cutting edge technology that made its way into the civilian domain was in fact the result of military investment. From space travel to the internet, there are hundreds of examples.

    It is fine if such innovations come out of defence labs. But they need to pass it on to proper parties, preferably in the private sector, to build up on the innovation and make a commercial success out of it.
     
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    hope they will not come under sacred cow label.
     
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    Farming is related with Military..

    Army have its own dairy farms, we get milk and panner from there only, Quality wise it far-far better than what civilian eats, Besides having own farm is better solution in remote areas..
     
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    Actually I support this research. Take the example of Afghanistan. There are reports that US army in Afghanistan is trying to go for renewable sources of energy. This is not being done because US is eco-friendly, but because they don't want their oil being transported through pakistan, which is both costly and dangerous. I read somewhere that the cost of transportation of oil that goes much into Afghanistan is many times the actual cost of its production.

    All in all, this will enable our army to become more sustainable, and less vulnerable. the accumulated savings over a long period of time will pay for itself.
     
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    The mule is a hybrid, the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.. What is a "hybrid mule"?

    Mule - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    We just had Mule Days in Benson, North Carolina.

    Benson Mule Days®
     
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    It is a good thing done for a change..

    Troops never trusted the tinned meat since they felt beef was added..

    Fresh meat was never available.

    Proteins are essential in High Altitude.
     
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    This is exactly why DODO can never complete projects of strategic importance... isn't it against the religion to be crossbreeding cows?
     
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    What is your point ?the same DRDO scientists who are working on Agni project or LCA Project are part of this project as well ? For half a day they work on missile/aircraft projects and for the rest of the day they go to the farm and help Cows and Yaks mate ? :facepalm:
     
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    I think the RN and US Navy, as well as whaling ships, have had the worst experiences with preserved meat. :-(
     
  17. EzioAltaïr

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    You seem to underestimate the size of DRDO. It can do this stuff, and all it's other R&D, no probs.
     

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