An international symposium on Dairy Animal Reproduction (ISDAR) was organised by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan in collaboration with Society for Animal Reproduction Pakistan with theme of ‘New knowledge-New techniques’.
Scientists from different countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, Turkey, India etc took part in the symposium and discussed the emerging reproductive disorders in dairy animals in the region. Dr Parkash Singh Brar professor cum head, Department of Veterinary Gynecology and Obstetrics from GADVASU, Ludhiana, delivered keynote lecture on ‘Recent advances in understanding and approaches to reproductive disorders in dairy animals’.
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Dr V K Gandotra and Dr S P S Ghuman of the same department presented their work on effect of heat stress on buffalo reproduction and oestrus synchronization protocols applied under field conditions to improve animal reproduction.
Brar, also chaired a technical session where in students from Turkey, Pakistan etc presented their work on goats.
The symposium was of high importance to Indian context as in India the estimated losses due to reproductive disorders of dairy animals are to the tune of Rs 50,000/- crore per year. More over some of dairy animal breeds reared in India such as Nilli Ravi buffalo and Sahiwal cow have their origins in Pakistan.
The Lahore Veterinary College was established in 1882 under British rule and used to cater whole northern India before division.