Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Thiruvananthapuram

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Department of Livestock Production & Management


Department of Livestock Production & Management

In 1955 the department started as “Department of Animal Husbandry and Hygiene” under the Kerala Veterinary College. When the Kerala Agricultural University was formed in 1972 the name was changed to Department of Animal management. In 1986 when semester system was introduced in undergraduate teaching programme it was again renamed as Department of Livestock Production Management. PG programmes started in 1972 and PhD programme in 1980.

Thesis Profile
MVSc Programme : 46
PhD. Programme : 10

Thesis profile since 2000

2001 – Draught efficiency of Elephants in timber mills.
2002 – Evaluation of Husbandry Practices in Captive Zoo mammals in Kerala.
– Study on Management Information System in institutional Swine farm.
– Computerized Data Management for dairy farms
– Computerized Data Management for goat farms
– Behavioral responses in captive male Asian Elephants to specified Stressors.
2003 – Stress Assessment of Piglets undergoing Routine Surgical Procedures related to management practices.
2004 – Management Systems and Utilization pattern of Captive Male Elephants in Kerala.
– Behavior pattern of mouth and non mouth in Captive Asian Elephants.
– Effect of Sprinkling in Summer on the productive adaptability of halothane sensitive Pigs.
2005 – Population, age and sex assessment of free – ranging elephants of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
– Breeding behaviors and testosterone level of male spotted Deer.
– Medroxy Progesterone acetate as an aid to birth control programme in stray dogs.
2006 – Management captive young Elephants in Kerala.
2007 – Productivity and feasibility of pig production system in Rural Sector.
2009 – Management protocols for averting drop of milk production in Dairy Cattle during summer.
– Techno Economic Analysis of mid sized organized dairy farms.
2010 – Reliability of Unified Score Card for Cross bred Dairy cows of Kerala.
– Androgen mediated Behaviour of Sambar Deer stags during Rut

2001 – Comparative study of growth , careers, Characteristics and economics of Cross bred indigenous and exotic pigs.
2005 – Production performance and economics of Large white Yorkshire and cross bred pigs under different management and environment corditions.
2006 – Evaluation of integrated Fig farming system in Kerala.
2007 – Comparative evaluation of porcine production performance in Terminally Sired and purebred progenies under different management conditions.
– Village level Livestock and Poultry productions under the industrialization scenario.
Research Projects in the department since 2000

ICAR Adhoc Scheme on study of Livestock economy of Kerala.
Study of Livestock economy of Kerala.
Evaluation of Azolla a potential feed for Goat production.
Aralam Livestock based tribal resettlement project
Small holder Goat Production Systems in Malappuram.
Research Academic facilities

Facilities for proximate analysis
Elisa reader, Deep freezer, weighing balance with microgram precision, binocular microscope.
Two Practical Labs
Extention facilities

Practical hall – with 40 seat capacity
Amphitheatre where large animal can be brought inside.
Television, VCD player, photographs of breeds and models of animal houses.

Department of Livestock Production & Management
Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Camp Office,
Office of the Directorate of Dairy Development


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