‘Dairy farming must be run with scientific help’

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2014 14:29 IST

Most of the dairy farms operational in Punjab are running without any scientific support, due to which the animals suffer poor health and the farmers loose on money. The situation has now become a matter of concern for the experts at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

The veterinary and animal husbandry extension education department head JS Bhatti said, “At a dairy farm, the foremost requirement is proper infrastructure that saves the animals from inclement weather, followed by good breed, regular vaccinations, nutritious and balanced feed and maintaining of farm records.”

Bhatti told the Hindustan Times that most dairy owners run their dairy farms in a traditional way, which hardly had any scientific support from the government department concerned or the varsity experts. “We recommend the farmers to attend our regular trainings sessions to know what they should and should not do at their farms. We are also ready to offer help to them, if required. An example of a dairy farm where the productivity improved after our help is at Rara Sahib, which is owned by a religious group,” added Bhatti.

University vice-chancellor VK Taneja told HT, “We have visited the farm many a times and experienced that with the scientific support the milk productivity increased and animals had better health.” Bhatti along with Singh wrapped up the conversation and said that dairy farming could not be ignored as milk was essential for so many things.

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