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Cooperation Between Veterinary Station in Bujanovac and Italian Organization CRIC

9. November 2011.

Bujanovac – The veterinary station in Bujanovac, together with the Italian organization CRIC, provided 20 heifers to cattle – breeders in four Bujanovac villages.  Thankas to the cooperation between Bujanovac’s veterinaries and the aforementioned Italian organization, another 20 top-class “Simmental” heifers are going to arrive in Bujanovac and Presevo’s villages in a three months’ time. Miodrag Milkovic, Director  of the Veterinary Station in Bujanovac, said that they had been working with Italians for three years. This is the third delivery of  heifers until now. There will be a total of 120 heifers in February 2012, when more heofers will be distributed to cattle -  breeders.

During the thus-far implementation of the program with the CRIC organization, almost 220 new top-quality breeding cattle, including female calves, have been donated to the cattle-breeders in Presevo and Bujanovac. The veterinary station, along with the Institute for Cattle-Breeding in Zemun, decides on which heifers are going to be selected. Also, the veterinary station, along with the Italian Embassy in Serbia, reaches a decision on who those heifers will be donated to. Mr. Milakovic points out  that top-quality cattle is mostly donated to the notable farmers that take care that their herds get larger and that cooperate with veterinaries so that their herds would develop futher. Bujanovac’s veterinaries  look after the cattle’s health over a one-year period from their delivery and  deal with artificial insemination, too, while cattle-breeders commit themselves to not selling the heifers or female calves that were born in the  meantime.   

One may consider  this project of the veterinary station in Bujanovac as the one with far-reaching effects only if one knows that the livestock in the region of Bujanovac and Presevo, which used to be an exceptional cattle-breeding area,has been almost devastated.  The number of cattle recently decreased by as much as 30 per cent per annum.