Livestock Product Technology

With adoption of the curriculum of Veterinary Council of India for under-graduate teaching by the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur, a separate Department of Livestock Products Technology was carved out from the parent department in the year 2003 to specifically deal with the production and processing technology for milk, meats, eggs and seafood.
   Earlier to the establishment of this department, the faculty members have significantly contributed in the activities of the parent department in the fields of carcass traits, carcass sanitation and decontamination, preservation of foods by irradiation and sanitizers, packaging of meat and meat products, meat speciation and species identification and quality assurance and monitoring of livestock origin foods.
Waste material from abattoir as well as milk, meat and seafood processing plants is not effectively utilized. Therefore, it is envisaged to convert this waste material into useful products by adopting suitable technology. Earlier, the technology was developed for extraction of Neat’s foot oil from buffalo hooves in the parent department. At the same time “Health drink from Whey” was also developed under ICAR project.
    Need based projects having more potential for effective resource utilization, export promotion and employment generation will be undertaken with the help of funding agencies such as Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MFPI) and Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA).
Interactive teaching aids using multimedia tools for better understanding of the subject would be one of the thrust areas of the department.
More hands-on practical training in processing, packaging and product development would be given to the students using available infrastructure with special focus on traditional products.
Design and fabrication of novel livestock products by employing thermal processes, hurdle technology and other emerging technologies.
Development of appropriate packaging technologies including edible and eco-friendly materials.
Development of value added, trendy products directed at youth and to satisfy needs of school going children.