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The ICAR-National Research Centre on Mithun was established in June 1988 in the state of Nagaland under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to provide impetus on the research work on Mithun (Bos frontalis). Mithun, a ruminant species belonging to the family Bovidae and assumed to be the domesticated form of wild gaur (Bos gaurus) is indigenous to the eastern Himalayas and referred to as the ‘sacrificial ox’ of the North-Eastern Region of India. It plays an important role in the traditions and rituals of the vast tribal population of this region.

ICAR-NRC on Mithun has been playing key roles in the conservation, breeding, and health management of this magnificent species. The scientists of this Institute, in the past 28 years, have generated significant scientific information and developed many farmers’ friendly technologies and a package of practices for making mithun husbandry a sustainable commercial venture.

Success Stories

Implementation of Cent Percent Artificial Insemination in the Institute Mithun Farm

Implementation of Cent Percent Artificial Insemination in the Institute Mithun Farm
The shy nature of mithun bull and a less pronounced oestrous sign of mithun female make semen collection and artificial insemination (AI) in mithun a tiresome task. Nevertheless, AI is an important step for the implementation of any genetic improvement programme. A team of Scientists of the Animal Physiology and Reproduction section developed a protocol for the freezing of mithun semen using a controlled bio-freezer. In order to address the problem of detection of estrus in mithun, successfully validated the ‘Ovsynch’ protocol for timed AI. Subsequently, the collection of semen using an artificial vagina was also standardized. During this year, in order to implement 100% AI in the Mithun Farm, estrus synchronization and timed AI was introduced. Estrus synchronization of 28 mithun cows was carried out. Out of these animals, 24 (85.71%) exhibited estrus behaviour. 19 animals were inseminated with frozen-thawed Mithun and 14 (73.68%) were confirmed as pregnant on the basis of nonreturn rate and per-rectal examination. Till March 2017, 11 AI inseminated cows were calved producing 09 female and 2 male calves. Efforts are also being made to implement AI in the farmer's herd.

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ICAR-NRC on Mithun conducted three days training programme on “Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination in Mithun under TSP” from 26 to 28 September 2022

ICAR-NRC on Mithun conducted three days training programme on “Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination in Mithun under TSP” from 26 to 28 September 2022
भाकृअनुप-राष्ट्रीय मिथुन अनुसंधान केंद्र ने 26 से 28 सितंबर 2022 तक "टीएसपी के तहत मिथुन में प्रजनन प्रबंधन और कृत्रिम गर्भाधान" पर तीन दिवसीय प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया ICAR-NRC on Mithun conducted three days training programme on “Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination in Mithun under TSP” from 26 to 28 September 2022   Three days training programme on “Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination in Mithun” was conducted for 3rd Semester zoology...

3-Days training programme for Patkai Christian College students

3-Days training programme for Patkai Christian College students
Eastern Mirror - 3rd October 2022 3 days training on "Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination under TSP" for the Zoology students of Patkai Christian College

Hindi Week Newspaper clippings

Hindi Week Newspaper clippings
Nagaland Post clipping The Morung Express

भाकृअनुप-राष्ट्रीय मिथुन अनुसंधान केंद्र 14 से 20 सितंबर 2022 तक हिंदी सप्ताह मनाया | ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrated a Hindi Week from 14 to 20th September 2022

भाकृअनुप-राष्ट्रीय मिथुन अनुसंधान केंद्र 14 से 20  सितंबर 2022 तक हिंदी सप्ताह मनाया | ICAR-NRC on Mithun celebrated a Hindi Week from 14 to 20th September 2022
भाकृअनुप-राष्ट्रीय मिथुन अनुसंधान केंद्र  में 14 से 20 सितंबर 2022 तक  हिंदी सप्ताह का आयोजन किया गया, "हिंदी सप्ताह समारोह 2022" के उद्घाटन राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति के अध्यक्ष और संस्थान के माननीय निदेशक डॉ. एम. एच. खान, सह-अध्यक्ष डॉ. नजरूल हक, समिति के अन्य सदस्य, द्वारा किया गया। इस अवसर पर संस्थान के सभी वैज्ञानिक, प्रशासनिक कर्मचारी उपस्थित थे। इस दौरान कर्मचारियो के लिये विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन किया गया जैसे एक्सटेम्पोर भाषण, हिंदी सुलेख, हिंदी अंताक्षरी, हिंदी निबंध...

15th RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC) MEETING OF ICAR-NRC ON MITHUN - 21 September 2022

15th RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC) MEETING OF ICAR-NRC ON MITHUN - 21 September 2022
ICAR-NRC on Mithun conducted its 15th RAC meeting on the 21st of September 2022. The meeting was presided over by the RAC chairman Prof (Dr.) M.R. Sasendranath, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode Wayanad, Kerala, and attended by the RAC members Dr. A. K. Tyagi, ADG (AN & P), ICAR, New Delhi, R.B. Sharma, Extension/Livestock Product Management) Former PS & Former National Coordinator, ICAR, Dr. S.K. Pan, Retd. Professor & Head...