Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dairy farming is a profitable business




Selection of cows by Hugues for SEVAI-OFI cow farm
“Dairy farming is a profitable business” said by Kalamegam who visited SEVAI Cow farm project preparatory works. The leading cow farmer Kalamegam spoke to SEVAI-OFI team and said, “Dairy farming is a profitable business but, before starting a dairy farm the farmers are advised to undergo   training on dairy farming. They can contact SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO, Local Animal Husbandry Department staffs/Veterinary College/Agriculture University etc. for the purpose. They should also visit progressive dairy farmers and agricultural university dairy farm in the locality. They must check the following points before starting a dairy farm such as Availability of good quality dairy breed cows  in nearby areas. Nearness of the Farm to Veterinary Hospital, Artificial Insemination Center/livestock Aid Centers, Marketing facility of milk and milk product, Availability of concentrates ,fodder & medicine in that locality. This project success is based on following practice such as freshly calved crossbred/indigenous descriptive cows in 1st or 2nd lactation to be purchased in two batches each at an interval of 5 to 6 months, Availability of cultivable land is prerequisite for the cow project, Fodder cultivation considered two crops per year, Cow dung produced will be utilized as Manure for fodder cultivation, Cost of rearing calves not considered as it will be nullified by their sale value, In case of death of animal new animal will be purchased from insurance claim money” Hugues and SEVAI animal purchase team visited various farms in the vicinity and selected four cows to begin with those are expecting calves in one to four weeks.Govin

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