BUFFALO FEEDING MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ADOPTED IN RURAL AREAS OF WESTERN HARYANA
VIKAS GODARA, HARISH KUMAR GULATI NARENDER SINGH*, SUSHIL KUMAR AND ROBIN
Department of Livestock Production Management,
LUVAS, Hisar-125004 (Haryana), India
*(e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Received : 4 February 2018; Accepted : 15 March 2018)
The present investigation was conducted in two districts (Bhiwani, Sirsa) of western Haryana.
Further two tehsil were selected from each district and two villages from each tehsil were selected randomly.
Twenty five buffalo rearers from each of village were selected thus making a sample of 200 buffalo rearers.
Results of this study revealed that, most of the farmers stall fed buffaloes and grazed in common pasture
land/ fallow fields. All the respondents used to chop dry fodder before feeding while 83.00 per cent of
respondent chopped green fodder. A large number of (79.00 per cent) of buffalo keeper fed wheat straw to
buffaloes. More than half, 63.00 per cent soaked and boiled concentrate mixture before feeding. A large
number of buffalo keeper fed concentrate mixture to buffaloes in advance pregnancy and young calves.
About 97.50 percent of respondent fed concentrate to young calf, while only 65.50 per cent fed concentrate
mixture to heifers. About 64.00 per cent of the respondents gave 3-5 kg. Concentrate to lactating buffaloes.
On the basis of this study it was recommended that buffalo keepers should be motivated through training
and demonstration for balanced feeding and preparation of balanced concentrate mixture at home. Subsidies
on mineral mixture and urea molasses mineral bricks should be provided to enhance these feed additives..
Key words: Western Haryana, rural, buffalo, feeding, management