To understand the animal health care knowledge in Sakteng, a semi-structure interview with 50 herders were carried out. The result showed that 70% of yak herders did not obtain any animal health and diseases related training. Only 30% of herders have participated in various training. The remoteness of yak herds and illiteracy was the main reasons for many of them not attending the training as most of them were engaged in herd chores and yaks. Those respondents who had obtained training were household heads residing in the village. Thus, it was noticed that the farmer’s knowledge on animal health care is still limited in Sakteng.
Practicing of ethno-veterinary service plays a vital role in such remote highlands. The sick animals are treated with local herbal medicines called, Tsendu (Aconitum feros) and performing rituals to local deities for recovery. The herders shared that the ethno-veterinary service is effective to treat fracture of animal limbs. Castration of yak bulls and horses has been ideally practicing and is one of the most substantial services provided by local healers. Thus, as per the study, herders still practiced traditional way of farming.
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