Sarpang: Umling Ma Datse Tshogpa with their efforts in dairy animal rearing as an inseparable and integrated part of smallholder subsistence farming system had taken a step forward to rearing Jersey crossed bred cattle. Their interest for exotic high yielding dairy farming was encouraged through group marketing initiative to help organised product marketing.
Increasing numbers of exotic animals demand more fodders from the limited fodder producers. Particularly, the fodder scarcity faced during winter and farmers abridged fodder shortage with feeding untreated straws, the nutritionally poor roughage. Poor nutrition results in low production, slow growth rate, loss of body condition and increased susceptibility to diseases and parasites.
However, with Urea treatment and Molasses value addition technology increased crude protein (CP) and energy content of straw resulting in increased straw intake, growth rate and the milk yield of the animals.
Promoting the technology for adoption, the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector provided hands on training on methodology for Urea treatment of straws engaging 28 members of Umling Tshogpa from 31 January to 2 February 2016. The training provided the individual an opportunity to learn the procedures practically. The training session covered the basic principle of Urea treatment such as ratio of urea, preparing urea solution, filling and sealing the silo and feeding the treated straws.
The feedback from the participants shows their interest in adopting the technology understanding the advantages of feeding their dairy animals with treated straws. However, most of the farmers expressed their concern that the quality of the treated straws could be maintained only if there is a concrete silo structure. It was also urged that if Dzongkhag could have considered silo structure as a package within cattle shed structure could have been beneficial to farmers.
Submitted by Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Sarpang
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