Recently I visited a buffalo farm. They had 8 milking buffaloes and production was about 150 ltrs/day with average fat of above 9-10%. They follow very conventional method and I was surprised to see the result. From the resources on the internet, I’ve learned that generally a buffalo give about 8-10 litres/day under farm conditions while in conventional conditions its yield is decreased by 10-15%. This is a shocker, I find it still hard to believe. That particular village has more than 5000 cattles in about 200-220 houses.
Seeing this I am pretty much tempted to start a buffalo farm. Some of the things that I ponder about are…
I am currently running a factory with some spare land where I wish to keep the buffaloes. Would the bank sanction loan & subsidy in this condition. Though sooner or later I will buy some land and cultivate some fodder to bring down my feeding costs but at present due to security reasons, I wish to keep the buffaloes in my factory compound.
The shepherd told me that these buffaloes love to stay in lakes (rather say ponds). Unless this condition is satisfied, it doesn’t delivery to its highest capacity. Now say if I build small pond for 20 or so buffaloes, will it be economically viable for the project?
Can dung of buffaloes be used to prepare compost fertilizer? I plan to use the dung for fertilizing the farm where I would grow some perennial kind of grass.
What kind of perennial grasses are suitable for feeding to buffaloes? Can they be grown here in Saurashtra (Central-Western Gujarat)?
I hope I am not troubling you by firing so many questions at a time.