You learn something everyday. Being an ardent fan of Prabhuji Mithun, I thought I knew most of what there was to know about him.
I was wrong.
I did not know there was a high-demand variety of powerful bulls named after Mithun-da.
More demand for mithun bulls
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006, @ 23:42:42 EST
Home news 10 November, 2006 – The decision to shift the Mithun bull Breeding center from Chukha to Wangdigang in Zhemgang is paying off, according to both farmers and officials of the center.
â€œThe center is meeting demands of farmers from 14 west central and east central dzongkhags,â€ said officials. â€œAbout 20 to 25 mithun bulls are distributed to farmers at a subsidised rate of Nu. 10,000 a bull annually.â€
While places near to the center are supplied with breeding bulls, artificial insemination (AI) is provided to farmers from far off villages.
The success of the farm has resulted in more demand for the bull from farmers, said farm manager Tashi Dhendup. â€œAnd we have been meeting the demand. Dzongkhag livestock officials recommend farmers to buy the mithun bulls because of their advantages over the indigenous breed.â€
Amazing ! Mithun bulls being produced by artificial insemination, with the creative juices being supplied no doubt by Bashir Babbar and Kanti Shah and TLV Prasad, the people with the “seminal” concepts behind most Mithun movies. Needless to say, the farmers realize that Mithun bulls perform much better than the local breeds in all respects —- they till more land, they do not obey the laws of physics and they say “Aaaiee Salaaaa” instead of “Moo”.
The farm, at present, has 120 mithuns and a breeding bull. The females are kept in the farm to replenish stock.
As we all know with 120 Mithuns around, the need to have females to replenish stock is very much needed because of wear and tear.
The cross of the powerful mithun with the native siri gives the Bjatsha (male), which are ideal for ploughing and the Bjatsham (female) gives better milk production with high butterfat than the native siri.
The mithun cross also retains the siriâ€™s agility and hardiness and are therefore easy to maintain in Bhutanâ€™s difficult terrain. But all mithun siri male progenies are sterile.
Indeed. More milk and more power and more capacity for staying hardy for Mithun progenies. Does not need a rocket scientist to anticipate that. Though the sterility for male progenies of the Mithun is pretty alarming especially for the great Mithunputra Mimoh Chakraborty (shown in the picture on the left) who does not look like a guy who would be anything but supremely potent.
According to the farm officials, mithuns are a distinct semi-wild cattle breed in themselves and indigenous to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Bangladesh. These big and strong animals have a typical dorsal ridge on the crest of the shoulder, a flat forehead and big horns with an enormous base.
Females weigh about a tonne and produce milk containing 10 percent butterfat.
Such a lovely description of the great Mithun breed and the typical Mithun heroine (weighs about a tonne and produces 10% butterfat)
The National Mithun Breeding Center was established in 1976 at Chukha
Move over X-Men. The National Mithun Breeding Center has been, for the last 30 years, churning out selectively-breeded, genetically perfect M-men —the future of the animal race, who can levitate objects, bend metal, split a bullet with a knife, survive the bite of a poisonous cobra, outrun a speeding helicopter, work as a Coolie in an airport, till the land, produce buttermilk and dance like it’s nobody’s business.
Hamba Ho !