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Department of Livestock Production

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Department of Livestock Production was established in the Faculty of Animal Production & Technology when the College of Veterinary Sciences Lahore was upgraded to the status of an independent University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. This university is the only in the country exclusively engaged in imparting education in the fields of veterinary and animal sciences. The department of Livestock Production is actively engaged in imparting education and hands on training in the fields of molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, management and production of various species of livestock especially large and small ruminants. The department offers courses on breeding and genetics and livestock production / management at undergraduate (D.V.M., B.S. (Hons) Poultry Science, B.S. (Hons) Dairy Technology and post graduate level (M. Phil. & Ph.D.). The department offers postgraduate degree programs i.e. M. Phil. and Ph.D. in disciplines of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Livestock Management and Genetics. Department also offers courses to two years’ diploma course Livestock Assistant program.

Staff Position

Chairman

Dr. Jalees Ahmad Bhatti

Professors

  1. Prof. Dr. Khalid Javed
  2. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah

Associate Professor

  1. Dr. Jalees Ahmad Bhatti

Assistant Professors

  1. Dr. Nisar Ahmad
  2. Dr. Afzal Ali
  3. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed Sajid
  4. Dr. Atia Bashir
  5. Muhammad Qamar Shahid
  6. Dr. Haiba Kaul
  7. Imran Zahoor

Lecturers

  1. Imran Mohsin
  2. Mr. Muhammad Saadullah
  3. Mr. Asad Ali
  4. Mr. Muhammad Dawood
  5. Miss. Fakhar un Nisa
  6. Mr. Hifz- ul- Rehman

HEC Approved Supervisors

  1. Prof. Dr. Khalid Javed 
  2. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah
  3. Dr. Jalees Ahmad Bhatti
  4. Muhammad Qamar Shahid
  5. Dr. Nisar Ahmad
  6. Dr. Afzal Ali

Facilities

Principal Equipment

Salient Facilities/Services

  • Gel Apparatus
  • Centrifuge Machine
  • Compound Microscope
  • Bio-Safety Cabin
  • PCR Machine
  • Rt-PCR
  • ABI sequencer
  • Milking Parlor cattle
  • Silage/hay making
  • Small ruminant training & research center
  • Dairy animals training & research center
  • Research and training demonstration dairy farm

DNA Extraction, DNA Quantification, PCR reaction preparation, PCR product Cleaning, Primer Designing, DNA Sequencing data alignment, BLAST, Chromosomal Morphology & Dys-Morphology Screening, Finger printing, parentage detection, Analyses of quantitative trait loci (QTL), signatures of selection, genomic selection, genetic relatedness and phylogenies. Genetic and phenotypic characterization of domestic and farm animals. Breeding plans, management strategies and livestock production related feasibilities.
Sale of animals for sacrificial purpose
Sale of milk
Farmer training and extension services

 

Degree Programs

  • MPhil & Ph.D. in Animal Breeding & Genetics
  • MPhil & Ph.D. in Genetics
  • MPhil & Ph.D. in Livestock Management

 

Courses Offered

Undergraduate:

DVM

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

LPRO

 Fundamentals of Livestock Production

2(1-1)

LPRO

 Animal Welfare and Ethics

1(0-1)

LPRO

 Beef and Mutton Production

2(1-1)

LPRO

 Animal Breeding and Genetics-I

4(3-1)

LPRO

Animal Breeding and Genetics-II

2(1-1)

LPRO

Principles of Dairy Production

3(2-1)

 

B. S. Dairy Technology

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

LPRO-06206

Introduction to Livestock Production

3(2-1)

LPRO-06304

Principles of Milk Production and Procurement

3(2-1)

LPRO-06406

Introduction to Lactation Biology

3(2-1)

LPRO-06506

Dairy Biotechnology

3(2-1)

 

B. S. Poultry

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ANBG-07304

Introduction to Poultry Genetics

3(2-1)

ANBG-07401

Population Genetics

3(2-1)

ANBG-07505

Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

3(2-1)

ANBG-07601

Applied Poultry Genetics

3(2-1)

Post Graduate:

Animal Breeding and Genetics (M.Phil and Ph.D.)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ANBG-1001     

General Genetics

4(3-1)

ANBG-1002

Population Genetics

4(3-1)

ANBG-1003

Animal Breeding Plans

3(2-1)

ANBG-1004

Breeding of Farm Animals 

4(3-1)

ANBG-1005

Statistical Methods in Animal Production Research

4(3-1)

ANBG-1006

Efficiency of Reproduction in Farm Animals

4(3-1)

ANBG-1007

Biometrical Genetics

4(3-1)

ANBG-1008

Genetic Basis of Selection

4(4-0)

ANBG-1009

Inbreeding in Farm Animals

4(3-1)

ANBG-1010

Techniques in Population Genetics

3(2-1)

ANBG-1011

Molecular Genetics

4(3-1)

ANBG-1012

Genetic Aspects of Avian Breeding

3(2-1)

ANBG-1013

Genetic Aspect of Fish Breeding

3(3-0)

ANBG-1014

Recent Advances in Animal Breeding

3(3-0)

 

Livestock Management (M.Phil and Ph.D.)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

LSMG-1001

Dairy Production

4(3-1)

LSMG-1002

Lactation Biology

4(3-1)

LSMG-1003

Behavior and Welfare of Farm Animals

4(3-1)

LSMG-1004

Commercial Livestock Production

4(3-1)

LSMG-1005

Livestock Production in the Tropics

4(3-1)

LSMG-1006

Livestock Production on Ranges and Pastures

3(2-1)

LSMG-1007

Management of Draught Animals

3(2-1)

LSMG-1008

Meat Production

4(3-1)

LSMG-1009

Small Ruminants Production

4(3-1)

LSMG-1010

Animal Fiber Science

4(3-1)

LSMG-1011

Livestock Production Trends and Potential

4(4-0)

LSMG-1012

Recent Advances in Livestock Management

3(3-0)

 

Genetics (M.Phil and Ph.D.)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

GENE 1001

Concepts of Genetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1002

Animal Biotechnology

4(3-1)

GENE 1003

Advances in Population Genetics

3(2-1)

GENE 1004

Genetic Principles of Immune System

4(3-1)

GENE 1005

Epidemiological Genetics

3(2-1)

GENE 1006

Genetics and Society  

2(2-0)

GENE 1007

Role of Animal Genetic Technologies in Agricultural Economy

3(3-0)

GENE 1008

Genetic Engineering and its Application

4(3-1)

GENE 1009

Genetically Modified Foods and Human Health                               

3(3-0)

GENE 1010

Advanced Cytogenetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1011

Clinical Genetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1012

Conservation Genetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1013

Advanced Molecular Technologies

4(3-1)

GENE 1014

Evolutionary Genetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1015

Introduction to Third Generation Technologies in
Animal Breeding

4(3-1)

GENE 1016

Functional Genomics

4(3-1)

GENE 1017

Advancements in Farm Animal Genomics and Socio-Economic Impact       

4(3-1)

GENE 1018

Bioinformatics

4(3-1)

GENE 1019

Laboratory Management, Calculations and Instrumentation

3(3-0)

GENE 1020

Forensics Genetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1022

Biometrical Techniques in Genetics

4(3-1)

GENE 1023

Principles of Quantitative Genetics

4(3-1)

 

Development Activities

  • Cytogenetic and Molecular Genetics Labs have been established at Ravi campus
  • Small Ruminant Training and Research Center established at Ravi Campus and providing training and research facilities to the undergraduate and post graduate students
  • Establishment of Dairy Animals Training and Research Center at Ravi Campus.
  • National conference on “Latest Trends in Livestock Genomics” at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, June 24-25, 2009 was organized in collaboration with Dept. of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
  • Molecular cytogenetics – An effective selection and diagnostic tool in livestock, equine and pets. 10-11 Nov, 2010.
  • Institutional capacity building conference & workshop for genetic improvement and fertility enhancement in livestock through clinical cytogenetics. 10-11 Jan,2012.
  • Department also providing training and consultancy services to livestock farmers.

Projects: 

Ongoing Development projects

  • Research and training demonstration dairy farm. USAID, USDA (1.11 million US$).
  • Enhancing performance of buffalo through improved feeding management at different physiological stages upto first lactation. PARB funded (20.634 M).
  • BC-INSPIRE transnational education partnership programme,” UP-gradation of modules in molecular genetics and genomics.” British Council funded (5.3 M).
  • Improved selected indigenous naked neck by crossing with exotic poultry breeds of Rhode Island Red and Black Australorp. ALP funded (4.823 M).
  • Enhancing growth and productive performance in native Aseel chickens employing integrated selective breeding and identification of growth markers for poverty alleviation in rural areas. PARB funded (26.2 M).

Research projects Completed

  • Establishment of Poultry and Dairy Animals Training and Research Center, at UVAS, New Campus, Pattoki (432.00 millions)
  • Feeding management for optimum growth, early maturity and first lactation performance in Sahiwal cattle (ALP, 6.671 millions).
  • Phenotypic and genetic characterization of some indigenous breeds of ovine and caprine species in Punjab ALP (5.061 M)
  • Cytogenetic Screening of Buffalo bulls and Replacement Heifers for Genetic Improvement in Punjab at UVAS, New Campus, Pattoki (1.726)
  • Genetic diversity of Pakistani Sheep and Goat breeds by analysis of Mitochondrial D-loop region (HEC, 6.00 millions)
  • Identification of molecular markers for fecundity in Goat breeds of Pakistan (ALP, 9.75 millions)
  • Establishment of Small Ruminants Training and Research Center, at UVAS, New Campus, Pattoki (38.05 millions)
  • Genetic characterization of Buffalo breeds of Pakistan by Microsatellite analysis
  • Collection of blood samples and DNA Extraction from Sheep breeds of the Punjab. (University Research Fund)
  • Collection of blood samples and DNA Extraction from Goat breeds of the Punjab. (University Research Fund)
  • Detection of Polymorphism of Prion Protein gene in nine breeds of sheep of Pakistan.
  • Genetic differences of Bos indicus, Bos taurus and Bubalus bubalis at PRKA gene
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection of Prion protein gene in five Goat breeds of Punjab.
  • Developed SOFTBOS-a Management Information System for cattle and buffalo
  • Developed SOFTGEEP-a Management Information System for sheep and goat
  • Development of SOFTFIZIBLE for dairy, beef and mutton industry for feasibility reports.

Future Projects Planned:

  • Pilot study on sustainable data recording for buffalo production at commercial dairy operations. HEC-NRPU (1.4 M)
  • Development and optimization of body condition score for improved production and reproduction in Nili-Ravi buffaloes. PARB .
  • Microclimatic modifications and molecular basis for breeding performance to increase summer milk production in Buffalo (Pak-US joint, 5.00 millions)

Books Published

  • Feed and Fodder (1995)
  • World Food Day (1996)
  • Application of Molecular Biology Tools for the Improvement of Livestock (2007)
  • Livestock Resources of Pakistan (2008)
  • Livestock Production (2013)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (Urdu)
  • Livestock Management (Urdu)

 Measures taken to Enhance Academics

  • Establishment of research and training demonstration dairy farm.
  • Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics Lab. has been established in the department. Work on breed identification on genomic level using Mitochondrial D-loop Region for various breeds of buffalo, cattle, sheep and goats is in progress. Whereas work on prion protein gene, PRKA gene and parentage analysis (forensic cases) is also underway.
  • Department has established a Small Ruminants Training and Research Center, Pattoki. This center will be helpful in hands on training and research on different aspects of sheep and goat production for under and post graduate students of the university.
  • Training and Research facilities will be available to undergraduate and postgraduate students of this department as well as other departments under the project “Establishment of Poultry & Dairy Animals Training and Research Center Pattoki, worth of Rs. 432 million.
  • 6 projects, worth of Rs. 110.50 million under PARB have been submitted. On the implementation of these projects latest facilities related to the livestock and dairy, will be available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Two software’s for livestock performance data recording and their manipulation for large and small ruminants have been developed. Also soft wares for preparing feasibility reports for different livestock farms under different management conditions have also been developed.

Research Priorities

  • Analyses of quantitative trait loci (QTL), signatures of selection, genomic selection, genetic relatedness and phylogenies.
  • Genetic and phenotypic characterization of domestic and farm animals. Breeding plans, management strategies and livestock production related feasibilities.
  • Development and evaluation of high yielding fodder/forage and establishment of viable grazing management system.
  • Studies on improved breeding, feeding, housing and reproduction management to maximize livestock production.
  • Characterization, conservation and genetic evaluation of farm animals through conventional and biotechnological techniques.

 

 
Dr. Jalees Ahmad Bhatti