How Brazil transformed Indian maharaja's sacred animal into genetic revolution and billionaire market

How Brazil transformed Indian maharaja's sacred animal into genetic revolution and billionaire market

Bought from a maharaja and brought to Brazil on a two-year trip, Krishna steered a genetic revolution that made milk production quadruple in the country

Krishna lived only a year in Brazil, but left heir who spread his DNA throughout the national herdDiego Padgurschi / BBCAmid sips of coffee, Spaniard Celso Garcia Cid was examining the correspondence at the spacious headquarters of his farm in the interior of Parana when a photo of a calf"Buy that bull urgently!" Cid ordered by telegram to the assistant.Brought to Brazil in 1960, the bull spurred a genetic revolution that made Gir one of the most valued breeds in the millionaire bovine embryo market and spawned a mixed breed that now accounts for 80 percent of national milk production.The feat even drew the attention of the Indian government - which is now seeking Brazil to reintroduce the breed in its homeland, where it almost disappeared after unsuccessful crosses and never had the productivity achieved on Brazilian farms.Celso Cid received Bhavnagar's maharaja on his farm in Sertanópolis in the early 1960sBBC BrazilGrandson of Cid and one of the heirs of his farm, lawy...


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