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Why livestock industry of South Asia is targeted by multinationals from developed countries?

Livestock sector is an emerging segment of the expanding and diversifying agricultural sector having enormous potential to contribute to the Indian economy. Indian farmers generally maintain a mixed farming system - a combination of crop and livestock - where the output of one enterprise becomes the input of the other thus maximizing the resource utilization to the fullest extent. As a result, Indian livestock industry is growing at a Compound annual growth rate of 13%.
The demand for livestock-derived foods is growing in low- and middle-income countries, managing the associated transitions in the production of these food products emerges as a key policy debate. Strategic investments in the global livestock business offers opportunities for sustainable expansion of this sector where improved resource utilization efficiency, secured social equity, and strengthened resilience of the underlying production systems have been identified as the key elements. However, the dynamics of livestock production and consumption of LDF differ across developing regions which leads to significant heterogeneity in the opportunities and poses threats associated with expansion of the sector.

The need for setting up of an unbiased, precision livestock research facility of global standard.

The enormous heterogeneity in the opportunities notwithstanding, livestock sector has an enormous growth potential which, if tapped correctly with the possible threat points plugged in, can serve as the source of sustenance as well as profit.

Why use Agrivet Research Services?

  • Project protocols are developed by leading veterinarians and nutritionists of South East Asia.
  • The research is conducted by experienced technical professionals.
  • The experimental stations are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, integrated with laboratory services.
  • Wide range of research services are offered at an affordable cost to enable all segments of the livestock industry to take the advantage of Agrivet Research Services.

About Agrivet Research Centre:

Located in Kolkata, India, connected globally, Agrivet is a “one-of-its-kind” Contract Research Organisation catering to the livestock industry. At Agrivet Research Center, basic and applied research is carried out for benefiting the livestock fraternity across the globe.
ACPL research facilities are systematically divided into different departments and categories. This is ideal for research planning and best representation of current animal farming in tropical countries.
The experimental station consists of two research locations both of which are just 45 minutes’ drive from the NSCBI Airport and approximately an hour driving distance from the Kolkata city centre.
The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, integrated with laboratory services. The laboratories are located at the research farm and head office.
Research facility is divided into different divisions like Poultry, Aqua and Dairy research.

#Poultry Research

Commercial Broiler:

  • Broiler Performance studies are conducted to generate data on the following (an indicative list)
    • Performance trait (live weight, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, livability and productivity index) measurement.
    • Cost of production and overall economics of production calculation.
    • Uniformity Analysis.
    • Evaluation of different nutrient specifications on broiler performance.
    • Zootechnical and commercial viability studies on alternative ingredients.
    • Comparative evaluation of premix components.
    • Dose optimization of specific additives under different conditions of management and environment.
  • Challenge trial
    • Challenging the birds with specially developed models involving microorganisms ,heat, overcrowding and toxins.
    • Microorganisms | Heat | Overcrowding | Toxins
  • Metabolism trials
    • Ileal digestibility of nutrients (energy, nitrogen, amino acids, fat)by total tract apparent digestibility method or by apparent ileal digestibility method using Celite, chromic oxide or titanium dioxide as the marker.
  • Carcass traits evaluation
    • Dressing yield
    • Yields of commercial cuts (breast, legs, thighs and giblets)
    • Lean meat and abdominal fat yields
    • Meat shear strength
    • Drip loss | Water holding capacity | Meat pH
    • Shrinkage loss following cooking
    • Organoleptic parameters according to Hedonic scale
    • White stripping scoring of breast muscles with photographs
  • Blood Biochemical Parameters
    • Regular blood biochemistry (serum/plasma)
    • Enzyme activity measurements (serum/plasma)
    • Mineral Estimation (blood/serum/plasma)
  • Haematological parameters
    • Blood pH
    • Differential leucocyte counts
    • Haemoglobin and haematocrit
  • Enteritis models
    • Enumeration of coccidia oocysts in
    • Enumeration of bacteria for Total count, Total anaerobes and Total coliforms
    • Enumeration of specific bacteria (Salmonella, Lactobacillus, Escherichia coli and Clostridium perfringens)
    • Study of litter materials for Coccidia oocysts and Bacterial species (Salmonella, Lactobacillus, Escherichia coli and Clostridium perfringens)
  • Histological parameters
    • Villus height, crypt depth and VH to CD ratio of
    • Histology of trachea and lungs, Kidney, Liver
    • Histopathological examinations and interpretations of small intestinal lesions in enteric challenge studies for Necrotic enteritis | Bacterial enteritis | Cocci challenge
  • Immune parameter studies:
    • Cell-mediated immunity
    • Humoral immunity
  • Internal organ monitoring:
    • Respiratory tract health monitoring through tracheal scoring
    • Intestinal lesion scoring
  • Leg health and bone mineralization studies
    • Foot pad lesion scoring
    • Macroscopic scoring of tibia for dyschondroplasia lesions
    • Bone mineralization study is accomplished by measuring
  • Special parameters:
    • Estimation of Hepatic Lipidosis by ether extract of Liver triturate
    • Gait score measurements
    • Pathogenicity study of enteric bacteria through qPCR technique
    • Measurement of Ileal digestibility of nutrients through digestibility markers
    • Analysis of litter materials for
    • Morphometry study of Small Intestine (weight and length of gut, including gross visual lesions)
    • Necropsy of dead birds with detailed report
    • Pelleting Parameters of different stages of experimental feed
    • Nutrient retention study through protein and fat accretion in whole carcass
    • Proximate analysis of Raw Material / Feed (Through NIR)
    • Thermal Imaging of birds during each feeding stage with interpretation
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Commercial Layer:

  • Layer Performance study: Growing and Laying phase
    • Body weight | Egg production | Egg weight and Egg mass | Feed consumption, FCR | Mortality
    • Measurements of Haugh Units
    • Yolk pigmentation (YCF 4 to 15)
    • Egg shell thickness and breaking strength

Feed Milling:

  • Research scale mash feed manufacturing
    • Particle size distribution study
    • Mixing uniformity study
  • Research scale pellet feed manufacturing
    • Pellet Durability Index
    • Pellet Hardness
    • Pelleting efficiency test
    • Post pelleting recovery of enzyme
    • post pelleting recovery of DSM
    • Pellet Disintegration Test

Laboratory:

  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology and Biochemistry
  • Pathology and Parasitology
  • NIRS and Nutrition
  • Feed Testing Lab

#Aqua Research

  • Research is conducted on IMC / Shrimp / Tilapia
  • Aqua research facility is located at DGN
  • Independent aerated recirculation tanks are installed
  • Tanks are circular with 300 lit water capacity
  • 24 individual tanks allow the flexibility to conduct elaborate research
  • Following parameters can be generated from Production trials
    • Total biomass production
    • Feed conversion efficiency (FCE)
    • Average daily growth rate per tank

#Dairy research

Coming soon