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Ten-Animal Dairy Unit: Need of Times

A farmer maintaining two-animal unit can plan to gradually benefit by raising it to a ten-animal unit to generate income almost equal to what a school qualified can get as monthly salary for a job in a nearby town. The economics of such a unit has been worked out, assuming that it is managed by a farmer’s family having one hectare of land dedicated to fodder cultivation.
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Setting Up and Management of Commercial Cattle and Buffalo Farms

The increasing demand for milk and milk products as well as better realisation of milk prices by dairy farmers has attracted new generation entrepreneurs towards dairy business as a full time profession. These new entrants are looking for a viable model and want to start on small scale, say 10 animals and progress to 50 or 100 animals in a period of two to three years. The profitability of a dairy farm is dictated by the variables of investment, income and expenditure. The entrepreneur therefore must evaluate the economic feasibility before venturing into commercial dairy farming.
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Converting Dairy Farming into Professionally Managed Business

After implementing various programmes on fertility improvement and strategic productivity enhancement, it was felt that subsistence approach of animal husbandry needs to be replaced by a commercial and professional approach. To meet this challenge, the core committee of GCMMF after extensive surveys, feedbacks and brain storming sessions introduced a training programme which requires the member milk producers to move up the ladder from traditional subsistence dairy farming to commercial dairy farming.
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Dairy Farming in the Future

The future dairy farmer will be more knowledgeable about commercial dairy farming, will use mechanisation and automation for improved efficiency and profitability, focus on high quality feed, silage, have high productive cattle, the average farm size will be 50 to 100 cattle or more, and will remain in dairy farming because he finds this business attractive compared to other options.
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New Frontiers in Dairy Farming

There is need to change the paradigm of dairying from “subsidiary” occupation to “mainstream” activity. Greater emphasis needs to be on achieving economies of scale and continuous yield improvements. This would need conceptualisation and implementation of new production models that would inculcate crucial requirements of high-tech dairying. A number of innovative models are emerging in various parts of the country.
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Dairy Farm Logistics & Feasibility

In some industries, a new production unit can reach capacity in a matter of months. In dairy farming, it takes several years for a new farm to get into full operation. To build up a sustainable dairy chain, all small details that will secure high quality and quantity of milk from each cattle or buffalo according to its genetic potential must be looked into. The farmer must understand and implement efficient dairy farming practices.
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Housing and Management of Lactating Buffaloes

While planning large dairy farms, it is important to consider that the “buffalo is not a black cow” and that she has her own species specific requirement that are influenced by her anatomy, physiology, behavior and temperament. Thus it is important to design systems that will make it easy for buffaloes to adapt well to a given system. On the other hand, improper systems will lead to behavioral changes and could also lead to disease, injury and loss of productivity.
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Commercial Outlook of Dairy Farming Perspectives and Key Drivers

The best approach is to create and run a sustainable dairy farm that gives maximum profits to the firm and also takes care of the effects of dairy farms on environments and animals for a longer period.
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