I am Dr Chethan K P, 33 years old, a Masters in Animal Nutrition & presently working as Assistant professor in Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fisheries Sciences University Bidar, India.
I am involved in development of sustainable dairying for empowerment of the rural house hold.. Considering the prevailing calf feeding and management practices in developing countries, together with Dr. Suresh Bypanhalli (Assistant Professor Karnataka Veterinary Animal and Fisheries Science University, Bidar-India), I am proposing the introduction of calf starter feeds in small scale dairy system in India.
The survivability and growth rate of young ruminant livestock is low in many developing countries. This is due to restricted availability of milk for pre-ruminant feeding, as an economic compulsion of farmers to sell milk for human consumption and perhaps not realizing the potential value of these animals in their adulthood. This results in low productivity of animals characterized by delay in onset of puberty and age at first calving.
One potential solution could be introducing starter feeds (alternative to milk) to young ones, to ensure proper nutrition and to wean the calves early for productive benefits. However, the awareness about such alternatives is limited among farmers in India. Thus, this project seeks to formulate calf starter feeds using locally available feed resources such as maize grains, groundnut cake and other ingredients that are not preferred for human consumption.
The target group for this project is small scale farmers engaged in dairy farming in selected villages of Hassan Distrcit, India. Through the project, preparation of calf pre-starter and starter feeds using locally available ingredients will be promoted among farmers.
The proposed intervention of preparation and feeding starter feeds to calves would be economical as well as will be within the reach of farmers as it makes use of locally available and cheaper ingredients. This program addresses the constraints in meeting nutritional needs of pre-ruminants and also strengthens food security in developing countries.
Feeding starter mixtures ensures proper nutrition to calves. This practice spares about 450 liters per calf for human consumption. Properly nourished calves attain puberty early and the age of first calving will be reduced to 24-25 months from existing 30-35 months. These animals start producing milk early and decrease herd replacement expenses. This intervention can save up to 600 USD per animal to the farmers.
The grant is required for setting up calf starter feed preparation unit at community level and for designing the equipment for weighing calves at fields. The farmers will bring their home grown ingredients and prepare the calf starter mixtures for feeding their young stock under my technical guidance.
Blogpost and picture submitted by K.P. Chethan (India) – chethanvet(at)gmail.com
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