Misandry has reared its bovine head in Uttar Pradesh. While few dispute the desirability of cows, their mercurial menfolk are quite another matter. Stray bulls, hooligans to a man, are known for the damage they inflict on crops, and the road accidents they cause. What’s to be done? Prevention is better than a cure, the state government has determined. Following a similar announcement in Punjab a while ago, the UP government has approved a ‘sex sorted semen’ scheme, which will reportedly ensure that cows will deliver female calves 90 to 95 per cent of the time. This scheme was first tested out in a pilot project in three districts, which resulted in 522 female calves out of 581, and now it’s being extended to the whole state. For a price—cattle breeders will have to pay Rs 300 per conception.