Dairy Cattle Improvement Program (DCIP) is a joint program of NARC and DLS. Initially Animal Breeding Division of NARC, Khumaltar was leading organization for the project and National Livestock Breeding Center, Pokhara is a next to leading organization for the program. The financial TCP assistance of FAO has been terminated and Government of Nepal has given the high priority to this program. NLBC chief is recommended as the national coordinator of this program. There is a steering committee that provides direction to the project and Director General of DLS is the chairman of steering committee.
Aim of the project
The aim of the project is to produce high milk yielder Dam/cattle and Sire/bull of Nepalese Jersey and HF within the country. For that bigger herd of cattle (more than 20 cows) were selected for the program. Monthly milk recording and milk analysis was done from the registered animals to find out the lactation yield and milk content of each individual animal. The strategy behind this program is estimation of breeding value of each dam by pedigree and performance recording scheme. Finally that helps to find out high milk yielder animal throughout the country and top animals are selected for mother cow and inseminated by imported frozen semen to produce better progeny than mother.
The project was launched at 28 clusters of 14 districts. Those districts are Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Illam, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Rupendehi, Kaski, Tanahu, Gorkha and Dolakha. In command area, project distributed imported frozen semen, AI Refri, AI gun, AI sheath and gloves at every cluster. At district level,
DLSOs are the main working organization for the project. ABD, Khumaltar, NLBC, Pokhara and LBO, Lahan are responsible organization for LN2 and imported frozen semen distribution to the command districts. ABD, Khumaltar is responsible for data analysis and database program to find out breeding value of each mother dam.
DCIP target is to register high producing milking animals under the program. These registered animals are known as nucleus herd and multiplier herd to produce better progeny than mother. The bull calf born by best mother are selected for frozen semen production and distributed to the districts for natural services as well.