1. Home
  2. Agriculture World

GADVASU Organizes Monthly Seminar for Dairy Farmers

The small farmers can effectively use mineral mixture available in the university. The large farmers can manufacture it at their own farm. He advised the participating farmers to bring samples of feed, drinking water, silage and mineral mixture to the university to evaluate the quality of these commodities which are being offered to their dairy animals.

Shivam Dwivedi
GADVASU
GADVASU

A monthly seminar for Dairy Farmers was held in the Farmer Information Centre of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana wherein 45 farmers associated with Progressive Livestock Farmers Association (PLFA) and the office bearers participated.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma, HoD, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education coordinated the proceedings and welcomed the farmers. 

Dr. Ashwani Kumar, HoD, Department of Veterinary Medicine elaborated on various diseased conditions encountered in dairy animals owing to imbalances of mineral nutrients. Deficiency diseases or toxicities arise mostly due to ignorance.

He stressed the importance of knowing calcium pathways in the animal body and its varying requirements at different stages of lactation. He strongly advised the farmers to avoid the use of liquid calcium in dairy animals at any stage.

Milk fever in dairy animals could be easily prevented by including ammonium chloride in the diet a few days before impending delivery. Injecting vitamin D one week before delivery can also prevent this condition. The farmers were also made aware of signs of deficiency of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iodine and copper in dairy animals.

Dr. Parminder Singh, the Professor, interacted with the farmers extensively on the subject of mineral requirements of individual animals, their resources, and inclusion level in the compounded feed. He gave valuable input to the farmers for keeping input costs at a minimum level.

The small farmers can effectively use the mineral mixture available at the university. The large farmers can manufacture it on their own farms. He advised the participating farmers to bring samples of feed, drinking water, silage and mineral mixture to the university to evaluate the quality of these commodities which are being offered to their dairy animals. This way, they can easily judge the reasons for the underperformance of their farms.  

Jaswinder Singh Dhillon, a leading dairy farmer also addressed the gathering. S. S S Randhawa, President, of Punjab Livestock Farmers Association advised the farmers to motivate fellow farmers to attend such seminars in the future. He also proposed a vote of thanks.

These monthly seminars are being organized under the guidance of the Directorate of Extension Education. The other dairy farmers of the state can join the next seminar which will be held on 09.06.2022. The livestock farmers can contact university experts for any kind of technical query at 62832-97919.

Take a Quiz on Green Revolution Take a quiz
Share your comments
FactCheck in Agriculture Project

Subscribe to our Newsletter. You choose the topics of your interest and we'll send you handpicked news and latest updates based on your choice.

Subscribe Newsletters