Dairy Farming In India – Basic Selection Guide for Dairy Cow in India
DAIRY FARMING IN INDIA – VEDIC WAY
Basic Selection Guide For Indian dairy cows
Dairy farming demands wisdom to make it successful. One of the key reasons behind success of dairy farming in India is selection of good breed of cows. It is a huge task & challenge while selecting best cows for commercial dairy farming in India. Krishna Leela receives huge requests on ancient traditional Knowledge for dairy farming success. Yes ! Vedic wisdom provides simple yet practical effective way in the right selection of DAIRY CATTLE BREED & the right selection of dairy cow among the chosen breed.
Kishore Sharma, Mangalore, Karnataka
I have a great passion & dream to set-up my DAIRY FARM at my native place, 12 km from Mangalore city. I want to setup 50 Indian dairy cow farm to start with. Have been searching for the best Indian cow breed. The most challenging task I am facing is which dairy cow breed to select? Then how to select the best cow for dairy farming? I am looking for Indian cows like Gir cow, Sahiwal cow, as I heard from my cousin keshav, Hf cows are delicate & have low resistance to Indian climate. HF cows need more attention care & expensive to manage them. But at the same time finding the right Indian breed & selecting best cow is appearing to be very tiring & confusing. My grandma used to share stories of Surabhi cows in heaven giving joyful milk in plenty like a ever flowing river, I do not want to be too greedy, but I am in search of my surabhi cow…
HOW TO START DAIRY FARM IN INDIA ?
Firstly it is very important to have an understanding of one-self ; whether one has the dairy farming characteristics to make dairy farming success. KL suggests one to undergo self-evaluation before jumping into dairy farming & burning ones hard earned money. KL || atma darshan || makes one understand the various individual requirements, challenges & risks associated with starting dairy farming in India. Atma Darshan is all about self-introspection, being in the stage of self-awareness one realises the TRUTH & POWERFUL WISDOM to see the task more OBJECTIVELY.
Secondly, one needs to understand the art & science of selecting good dairy farm cows.
Dairy Farming In India – Tips for good dairy cow identification !
Most of us ask the PRE-MATURE QUESTIONS LIKE;
Q. What is the cow price list for good dairy cow in India?
Q. Where to find BEST QUALITY – HIGH YIELDING DAIRY FARM COWS?
Q. Which breeder provides BEST DAIRY COWS?
Q. Where should I TRAVEL in search of BEST DAIRY FARM COWS?
Q. How to start dairy farming in India with good breed dairy cows?
The questions are endless, the search is endless & many times we find ourselves & our dear friends travelling far & wide in search of the so-called POTENTIAL BEST INDIAN DAIRY FARM COW! TRUTH & OPPORTUNITY many times is VERY SIMPLE & IN CLOSE DISTANCE; the so-called BEST DAIRY COW might be in the very close vicinity of our own place, in our own neighbourhood neglected.
Before we step out in search of BEST DAIRY COWS, LET’S GAIN BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO IDENTIFY BEST DAIRY COWS!
KL ||AtmaDarshan||™ strongly believes one should FIRST understand the characteristics of a good dairy farm cow.
Ask yourself the following questions;
Q. Do I know the beautiful world of dairy cows?
Q. Do I know the Characteristics of a good dairy cow?
Q. What to look for when buying a dairy cow?
Q. Selection Tips for dairy cattle -best cow for milk in India?
Q. Which cow gives more milk in India; highest milk producing cow breed in India?
Q. Highest milk-producing cow per day in India?
Q. Which cow is best suitable for dairy farming in India?
Q. How does a GOOD QUALITY DAIRY COW LOOK LIKE?
Q. From the pool of dairy cow herd, How to identify which cow is the best dairy cow?
FIRST KNOW THE ART & SCIENCE OF SELECTING GOOD DAIRY COWS!
Ancient traditional Knowledge in Identifying the best Indian dairy Cow!
Krishna Leela with years of research & close interaction with dairy practitioners has formulated a powerful Vedic wisdom ||SurabhiSaptgun|| ™, A Simple Basic Guide which is aimed to assist in the selection of good dairy farm cows. Surabhi as per ancient Vedic wisdom means ‘WISH FULFILLING COW’; the cow which fulfils one’s all wishes. Surabhi is the Kamadhenu of all cows which brings PROSPERITY, HEALTH, JOY, FAME & HAPPINESS. Every dairy farm desire is to own a SURABHI DAIRY COW. But the challenge is how to select a Surabhi cow?
Best Cows for Commercial Dairy Farming in India? Know the ancient dairy farming wisdom?
It is important if you starting a dairy farm or practising dairy, you need the true wisdom, art, science to identify the Surabhi among cows while selecting cows for your dairy farm. It is believed, SURABHI exists in each & every cow with varying merits. One needs to have the humble sincere eye to feel & respect the Surabhi in each cow. And if you are not aware of the basics chances are you might select wrong cows or even get CHEATED.
Best Indian Milking Cow Breeds for dairy farming in India!
Among the pool of Indian cow breeds; cows known for high milk yielding are Sahiwal, Gir, Rathi, Tharparkar, Red Sindhi.
But the word ‘BEST’ which is an adjective is dependent on various variables like Proper nourishment/Proper healthcare/ Proper Housing / Cow’s Lifecycle stage etc. As the variables change so does the merit of ‘BEST’ changes; in simple words, it is said even a high yielding Dairy cow can become low productive due to improper care, similarly an average yielding cow can become a high yielding SURABHI dairy cow with proper care & love. Actually, NO COW IS NON-PRODUCTIVE. All Non-Productive cows are MAN-MADE with his wrong interference, complications & wrong practises. Having understood this, it shall be important to train oneself in rich observation, develop the art & science of Vedic wisdom, so that the Surabhi Saptgun in the cow is identified & developed for its full potentiality & in the creation of wealth.
DAIRY FARMING IN INDIA – KNOW THE TRUTH!
SURABHI MAYALOKA! – THE WORLD OF MYTHS!
MYTH#1: Expensive Cows are the best-high yielding dairy cows
Not necessary. No guarantee that always expensive cows are high yielding cows.
MYTH #2: Cows with LARGE UDDER is the highest milk yielding dairy farm cow
Not Necessary. There are other key critical traits to evaluate.
MYTH #3: JUST BUY A HIGH MILK PRODUCING BREED OF DAIRY FARM COW
Not Necessary. Good Dairy farm cow Breeds perform well only when they are provided with right care & suitable climatic condition.
MYTH #4: After purchasing expensive high yielding cow; it shall always be a prosperous cow
Not necessary. Milk production is always dependent on variables like continuous proper nourishment, proper housing, right healthcare etc. It is very important to break the myths & come out of wrong theories, ensure practical Vedic wisdom prevails.
DAIRY CATTLE SELECTION IS AN ART & SCIENCE!
Surabhi Saptgun is a BASIC EVALUATION TOOL based on ages of practical experiences of Cow caretakers & Vedic wisdom. Each breed exhibits certain special characteristic feature, so it is important that while selecting, one needs to consider for the breed characteristic features. Also, it is important to mention the evaluation criteria varies as per what you intend to select; cow, heifer, lactation stage of the cow etc
Surabhi Saptgun is based on the rich Vedic Wisdom, which suggests,
OVERALL DAIRY FARM COW OBSERVATION instead of focusing on any one or few factors. As wisdom says, even a Mighty Lion ruling the forest, rich in all characteristic features, can suffer DEFEAT & DEATH if one of its legs is hurt, causing a problem in hunting & survival. Therefore, it is important to observe all factors. SURABHI SAPTGUN is an art & science which provides simple basic 10 tips. After cross-checking the FAMILY TREE of the cow for its breed purity one can consider the following basic tips.
10 BASIC TIPS FOR INDIAN DAIRY COWS SELECTION!
1. EYES, WINDOW TO HEALTH
As per Vedic wisdom it is said EYES ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE SOUL & BODY. Just look into the eyes of the cows; if you observe eyes sparking clear & bright, it might suggest healthy, active & happy cow. If you observe a DULL EYE, either it is stressed or facing health problems.
Now, you might ask the question; how can one look into the eyes & understand the signs? These are natural observations. It is similar to human beings; many times looking just at the eyes of our dear ones, we at times infer their emotional wellbeing. Emotional wellbeing is a mirror outcome of various internal factors of which HEALTH is one of the key influencers.
If you find the EYES DULL, having too many white circles inside, white patches, unclear blur vision etc
2. BODY SHAPE
Observe for a healthy straight backbone, it should not be BOW shaped. A strong straight backbone is very important. A narrow front & broader back width/ Pelvic width is believed to be a sign of productivity & fertility.
3. NECK & HEAD SIGN
Observe for free movements of neck & head, there should not be stiffness & Swelling. Any injury, health issue with the neck & head causes series of problems.
4. UDDER HEALTH SIGN
Observe for Healthy Udder.
- Should not be too much hanging
- Udder with wide base & firmly attached to the abdomen is good
- When you look at the udder from a side, it should not be hanging; it should be firmly attached close to the body/abdomen.
- Udder should not have swelling, hard spots.
- Observe for MILK VEINS/GOOD NETWORK OF BLOOD VESSELS; the Milk veins/vessels should fork beneath the abdomen & form network across the udder.
- Only looking for a cow with big udder is not a complete approach. It is observed by many, big udder does not always promise high milk yield.
5. TEATS HEALTH SIGN
Next important observation is the Teats. Place your palm below the teats; the teats should evenly touch the surface of your palm. Teats shape & appearance vary as per the cow life cycle stages. It is usually advised to avoid undersized teats. Mastitis is one of the major problems affecting the health of cow & dairy productivity causing financial loss. So, it is important to ascertain the health of udder, teats should be flexible and naturally coloured. Take the help of a veterinarian, dairy practitioner having a good understanding.
6. LEGS, IMPORTANT SIGN
It is very important to observe the health of legs & no hoof infection. Healthy feet & strong legs help cows to enjoy grazing & their natural animal behaviour. Lameness in cows has been observed as one of the major factors for LOW MILK PRODUCTION. When cows are in pain due to lameness, they cannot yield more milk. A cow should be able to easily sit, stand & walk without showing sign of lameness.
7. RUMEN HEALTH
Observe for well-defined ribs & full stomach. Run fingers between the ribs, it is believed if at least 2 fingers can run between ribs, it is said to have large body capacity helpful in high milk yield.
8. COW DUNG REVEALS LOT!
It is said, cow dung also exhibits the health signs of the cow. Cow dung should neither be too thick nor too watery thin. It should not contain undigested particles in it.
9. OVERALL HEALTH CHECK-UP
With the help of a veterinary doctor/ experienced dairy practitioner, ensure overall health check-up is done for the cow.
10. DAIRY FARM COW – HEALTHY SKIN TIPS
Observe for shiny, healthy skin without traces of infection/insect count to be a bare minimum. Infected skin causes a lot of irritation & stress in cows. Stressed cows produce low milk. It is important to ensure cow’s skin is healthy & free from insects.
TRIBE-MEN – DAIRY FARMING EXPERTS!
Aspiring dairy starters make mistake in dairy cow selection just by checking 1-2 areas like milk qty/milking, looking at cow picture online, family chart etc. Whereas India’s PASTORAL TRIBES who have been managing dairy farming generation after generation follow the ancient way. They have mastered the art of cow selection. They check more than 10-12 key critical areas before selecting a dairy cow. Their selection is very simple, natural & practical approach. On an Indian highway if you come across any of these pastoral tribes taking care of Indigenous Indian cows, please do speak to them you would be amazed & blessed with great wisdom in cow selection.
You just need to approach with a warm smile; the Indian dairy tribe-men will shower you with ancient wisdom, folklore, Simple tips & definitely do not miss their words of CAUTION !…. They really help sometimes……
Basic wisdom is helpful. Also please take help of veterinarian, well-experienced dairy practitioner while selecting dairy cows. Because the QUALITY OF YOUR DAIRY FARM IS DEPENDENT ON THE SELECTION OF GOOD DAIRY COWS.
Leela of Vedic Wisdom…
Let your dairy farm be blessed with an abundance of Surabhi cows…
let your dairy farm flow with milk, health & wealth…