Deepak Singh, Ved Prakash,Priscilla Kerketta, N.K. Singh, arju Narain, Deepak Kumar, Durgesh Kumar
Brahmanand P.G. College, Rath, Hamirpur
The study was purposely conducted in Kanpur Nagar with an aim to assess feeding practices adopted and to find out the constraints faced by buffalo farmers. For the selection of respondents. 200 randomly selected buffalo farmers were selected from 20 different villages for the collection. The findings of the study revealed that most of the buffalo farmers (95.00 percent) were not prepared ‘Hay’ and ‘Silage’ for their buffaloes due to a lack of knowledge and awareness about new technology. Chopping of dry fodder was the most important and common practice adopted by 96.00 percent of respondents. Most of the respondents (94.50 percent) were provided poor-quality roughages without enrichment by urea ammonization and molasses. Extra feeding was very common which helps in maintaining pregnant buffalo health, body maintenance, and boost up of the body for parturition and this important practice was adopted by 60 percent of respondents. About 22 percent of respondents were providing extra feed in the last 2 and 3 months. Data also indicated that 77.50 percent and 85.50 percent did not provide salt and mineral mixture to their buffalo. Mostly 89.00 percent of farmers provide free access to water in a day to their animals. A combination of Green Fodder + Dry Fodder + Concentrate was provided to their buffaloes by 56.00 percent of farmers. Two-time feeding is common in buffaloes in the district. Data also revealed that the availability of green fodder is poor because farmers were not aware of new technology, and crop rotation and therefore they were not interested in growing fodder crops.