The Kerala livestock Development Board was formed in 1976 by integrating the Indo- Swiss Project Kerala and the Bull Station, Dhoni of the Dairy Development Department. It is a registered company fully owned by the Government of Kerala. KLD Board is one among the many agencies entrusted with the task of implementing the Breeding Policy of the State. This was instrumental in the development of the new cattle breed 'Sunandini'. Frozen Semen from different breed / grades of highly selected bulls are produced by the Board and supplied to 2400 odd Artificial Insemination centres run by agencies as Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Milk Unions etc. A progeny testing scheme for the selection of the breeding bulls to maintain continued genetic improvement of milch cattle is also implemented by the Board with Central assistance. Every year 40 young breeding bulls are the test according to this programme.
The Board has experimental breeding farms, training centre etc. The breeding programme was first launched at Mattuppetti under the aegis of Indo Swiss project. Frozen Semen technology was first introduced by the Indo Swiss project in 1965. The Board was the first agency to introduce a sire evaluation programme for crossbred bulls under field conditions in 1977. A computerized data processing system to monitor the programme was established in 1983.