It was a special Sunday for Jitender Dangi (41), sarpanch of Madina village, as he arranged a special feast for villagers and Meham MLA Anand Singh Dangi was among the invitees. The grand function was not to celebrate marriage of some family member; it was a farewell to his Murrah bull that was sold for a whopping Rs 20 lakh.
Dangi, who is dedicated to rearing the Murrah breed, had arranged the function to bid adieu to his 28-month-old Murrah bull ‘Monu’ that was sold to a Hisar farmer.
Justifying the price of the bull, Dangi, who has 10 Murrah buffalos at his home, said ‘Monu’ is the grandson of three-time national champion bull, who was popularly known as ‘Khali’. “Monu’s striking beauty makes it priceless,” he said.
“I am into the animal-rearing business for the last 15 years and I know the importance of a quality bull who can produce quality Murrah buffalos, which give at least 20 litre of milk a day,” he said.
On what it takes to raise this bull, Dangi said they used to feed 4kg of cotton seed, 2kg of black gram, 5kg of mustard cake and 10kg of milk besides taking ‘Monu’ for a brisk walk of 6km daily to keep it healthy and strong.
Gaurav Lohan and his father Dalip Lohan, who had purchased this bull, said their immediate plan is to take it to the Muktsar livestock beauty show scheduled for January 9, where they are hoping a podium finish for ‘Monu’.
Gaurav, an MBA, said they would get prepared artificial insemination injections and would sell it high prices to create world-class Murrah buffalos.
Congratulating the purchaser and the seller, Meham legislator Anand Singh Dangi said Murrah is “black gold” for farmers who practise animal rearing and that’s why people here keep milch animals as their family members.
Rajender Singh Bhar, senior extension specialist, animal sciences, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar, said awareness about this aspect of animal rearing is encouraging such deals as a quality Murrah bull semen can earn a handsome amount.
What it takes to rear a Murrah bull
The daily diet of Murrah bull ‘Monu’ included 4kg cotton seed (bandolay), 2kg of black gram, 5kg of mustard cake (khal) and 10kg of milk. The owner would also take it to 6km brisk walk every day to keep the animal strong and healthy.
Jitender Dangi had recently purchased a buffalo worth Rs 3 lakh and some months ago he had sold a Murrah calf for Rs 5 lakh.