UID number to also be given to cows and buffalos

Pashu Aadhaar, recognised as the Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH), is being exhibited by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). If executed successfully, INAPH will be the world’s biggest database of animals.

The INAPH similar to Aadhaar cards, will also allot a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every animal and maintain a record of all the essential data regarding the bovines.This will support the government in maintaining the country’s large numbers of livestock.

A government committee, in 2015 had recommended UID for cows to stop trafficking following a Supreme Court regulation that heard an appeal to prevent cattle smuggling.

The first stage of the plan is supposed to reach 94 million productive “in milk” female cows and buffalos. Once these are comprised, male cows and calves, as well as stray animals, will be added.

Animals that receive the Pashu Aadhaar will be provided including an ear tag that holds its 12-digit UID. This will support in managing data of livestock like the pedigree of the animal, calving, milk production, artificial insemination, vaccination, feeding/nutrition history and ancestral data.

After the data is up on the site, executives will have to leverage this data for better control of the animals to guarantee enhanced productivity and livestock product quality.

About 22.3 million buffaloes and cows have received UIDs and the data has been uploaded on the INAPH database.

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