Shri Rashid UlHaq S/O Sh Abdul UlHaq is a resident of Jaisinghpura, Vrindavan Mathura (UP). He was a valedictorian in the National Training Programme on Commercial Goat Farming of the Institute held in 2012. After completion of the training programme, he decided to start his own Barbari breed based goat farm. He made up a temporary enclosure at Jaisingpura (Vrindavan) and after that began search of pure-breed Barbari goats particularly Barbari buck. He tried to get some goats from Institute but could not succeed. Thereafter he searched at markets and villages of Barbari home tract viz. Mathura, Agra, Aligarh, Hathras, Etahbut was unable to acquire pure breed Barbari goats. At last he obtained some Barbari type goats and started his goat farm in 2014. Initially, he encountered poor growth and heavy mortality (30-40%) of adults and kids.
After initial setback he again visited Institute in September, 2015 and explained his problems particularly to start with quality seed stock to Dr. Dixit. He told him that Dr. M.K. Singh, Incharge of AICRP Barbari unit has recently introduced a Multiplier Flock Scheme of Barbari goat for promoting scientific goat farming, development of business models, genetic improvement and conservation of Barbari goats. Mr. Rasid explained his problems to Incharge, Barbari Goat Unit. Dr. Singh explained the purpose and technical programme of Multiplier Flock after understanding his interest and purpose of goat farming. Mr Rashid showed his keen willingness to become member of this scheme. Entire team of Barbari unit made visit to Rasid farm and found the farm set-up satisfactory with some modifications in housing, storage of feed-fodder and sanitation etc.
Within a week an agreement was signed between the AICRP- Barbari unit and Mr Rashid under which Mr Rasid was supported with pure-bred and superior Barbari goats on book value, Five each male and female kids of 3-6 months of age, 6 adult female and one breeding male along with all technical support such as treatment of animals at monthly interval, ensuring vaccine availability, feeding, breeding practices, care of new born kids etc. As per agreement, Mr Rasid has to put permanent identification mark on his all animals, weighing of kids at three month interval and milk recording at fortnight interval, data recording on pedigree, breeding, performance traits, feed-fodder consumption, expenses on medicine, labour, animal losses, sale of animals and marketing etc. He has to raise minimum 20% males born at his farm with good initial growth rate for breeding purpose and remaining he may rear for sacrifices/ meat etc.
Mr Rashid also showed great enthusiasm in learning skills of goat farming, adopted improved management practices and technologies such as breeding calendar, vaccination and deworming schedule, strategic intensive feeding, chaffed green fodder and reserving quality male for breeding. He also purchased 15 Barbari type goats from surrounding villages and pure 10 females from CIRG. At present Sh Rashid has 50 adult females, 4 castrated male 3 breeding males and 45 kids and all are being maintained under intensive stall feeding. He offers Chhana(gram), Arhar (pigeon-pea), guar bhoosa @ 500 gram/kid and 750-1000gm/day for adults along with concentrate mixture (250-400 gm/day to growing kids and 500 gm /day to lactating, pregnant and bucks. He provides 600-750 concentrate to castrated males prior to 3 months of Eid. He also performs vaccination against PPR and ET and started Targeted selective treatment strategy against parasitic diseases. Proper adoption of preventive health measures that mortality at his farm in 2016-17 was just 1%.
The average body weight of buck ranges from 30-38 kg at one year and that of the female from 22-28 kg. The body weight of castrated male at about one and a half year of age was 46 to 55 kg. The cost of production per goat per year was 7000-7200. He has sold his 9 adult bucks @ of Rs. 14000 to 18000 whereas castrated males were sold @ Rs. 15,000-25,000/male.The net profit per female per year in 2016-17 was Rs. 6780 through sale of males. He is not selling females because he is in the process to increase adult females up to 100.
Mr. Rashid is planning to create another unit of 200 goats at his parental village after realizing profit and future prospects of commercial goat farming. He has also initiated to support villagers for scientific goat farming and ensured to supply pure Barbari male and females to them. He is providing all desired data to AICRP-Barbari Unit of CIRG for improvement of Barbari breed and development of germ-plasm resource centers. Director of Institute Dr M S Chauhan has appreciated the sincere efforts of Barbari Project team and instructed to them to develop more such type of farms for creating agri-business entrepreneur models and doubling of farmer’s income as per vision of Honorable Prime Minister of India.
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