NDDB realized quite early that the productivity of dairy animals in the country could be increased only if the large population of the indigenous ‘nondescript’ dairy animals are bred with the superior quality genetics and fed scientifically. Amongst the many initiatives taken up by NDDB towards this end was the establishment of the Animal Breeding Centre (ABC) at Salon, in Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh in April 1998 with the objective to improve the genetic merit of animals via the introduction of superior germplasm, and increase the yield of dairy animals, across the country.
The Centre is now a unit of the Animal Breeding Research Organization India (ABRO), a registered trust. When the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) established Animal Breeding Centre (ABC), the goal was simple:
Hundred pure Holstein-Friesian (HF) pregnant heifers gifted by Her Royal Highness Princess Irene of Greece (on behalf of the world in Harmony, Madrid, Spain ) to the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Rajiv Gandhi served as the nucleus herd and flagged off ABC’s journey. About 130 pure HF pregnant heifers were also procured under the Indo-German bilateral assistance.
Today, with its own semen production station, semen processing laboratory, semen quality control laboratory, feed manufacturing plant, biogas plant and a highly mechanized fodder farm, Animal Breeding Centre has evolved as a true Centre of Excellence in animal breeding and production of quality semen and fodder in India.