A team of veterinary scientists from CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur organised six infertility treatment camps in high altitude cold desert Spiti valley of tribal district Lahaul and Spiti from 30 October to 3 November.

The camps were held in collaboration with Department of Animal Husbandry, Himachal Pradesh at Kaza, Kibber, Chicham, Kyato, Hansa and Losar villages in Spiti valley under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna project to investigate a status of infertility in bovines of Himachal Pradesh.

Prof. Madhumeet Singh, team leader, told that around 170 animals were examined in these camps and main emphasis was to record reproductive status and abnormalities of Yak crosses (Dzomo or Churi) reared by the farmers in this tribal district.

The scientists collected blood samples from Yak crosses to study their minerals, biochemical and hormonal profile and also genital discharge samples for detailed diagnosis of uterine infections.

Faecal samples were also collected to study the parasitic load in animals in this high altitude area and their relationship with infertility. Information was collected from the staff working in various veterinary institutions of the valley and also from the farmers to analysis the reproductive pattern and abnormalities in this species. Free medicines were distributed to the farmers.

Besides Prof Madhumeet Singh, the team members included Dr Pravesh Kumar, Dr Abhay Verma, Dr Pankaj Rana and Vijay Rana from the Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, appreciated the team for making special efforts to serve the farmers in remote and less accessible high altitude tribal areas of the state.