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Dairy Farmers trained in animals nutrition technologies

Punjab Tribune Bureau | March 06, 2018 05:02 PM

LUDHIANA: Department of Animal Nutrition, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized a five day Hands on training on ‘Nutritional technologies for dairy farmers’ under the aegis of the Directorate of Extension Education, GADVASU. Nine dairy farmers from different district of Punjab participated in this training. In the concluding function of the training Dr. H.K. Verma, Director of Extension Education said that feed
accounts for 70% of total cost of dairy farming and by using these technologies farmers can economize feeding of their animals to make it a profitable venture, which not only provide the needed employment to the unemployed youth but also leads to diversification in agriculture.


Course Director-cum- Head, Dept. of Animal Nutrition Dr. Manju Wadhwa said that experts from the department delivered lectures on various nutrition technologies along with practical demonstrations. The objective of the training was to ensure balanced feeding of different categories of animals all around the year using locally available feed ingredients. Role of mineral mixture, urea molasses mineral block, and bypass nutrients was highlighted.
Conservation of fodders (Silage and hay) was also demonstrated, so as to make the fodder available all around the year. She said that we have different technologies in the department to provide balanced and quality nutritional supplements to animals. Different types of mineral mixtures are available for different species of animals; even area specific mineral mixture is also developed by the department according to area requirements of Punjab region. Dr.
Wadhwa revealed that any farmer may contact department for balanced feed formula or for testing of any patent feed of private firms. Course coordinators Dr. J.S. Hundal and Dr. J.S. Lamba told that all the farmers showed great interest in learning nutritional technologies of dairy farming.

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