Advisory for dairy farmers
Animal science experts have advised dairy farmers to increase frequency of milking and ensure balanced feeding of high yielding cows for better udder health and increased milk production.
The advisory has come in the background of the frequent complaints by the dairy farmers suffering losses due to less production of milk from dairy cow and increased incidences of udder disorder (mastitis).
Meanwhile, an awareness camp was held in Anderwan village of Ganderbal district. "Research has shown substantial increases in milk production and improved udder health in cows when milked three times per day as compared to the traditional routine of two times per day practised by farmers" advised Dr Parvaiz Ahmed Reshi, animal science expert, SKUAST-Kashmir to a group of tribal farmers at the camp.
Reshi said that milking cows three times a day is more advantageous as milk production is inhibited by inter-mammary gland pressure; the more frequently a cow is milked, the less likely inter-mammary gland pressure is to inhibit milk production.