Friends, from past year we have been exploring the possibility of dairy farming with local breed - Malnad Gidda. These cattle are available close to our infrastructure. While every one we discussed this with are of the opinion that its not practical for medium to large scale, but we are not convinced.
These cattle are available close to the 1/10 of the price of HF cow. They are disease resistant. Relatively maintenance free. The cost of acquiring the exotic breeds, transport, availability, (all the cheating by brokers), shed construction, Vet doctors need, breeding necessities seem quite a challenge and the costs seem to run in multiple lakhs.
Qquestion is :
Comparing oranges to oranges - To produce 30 Liters of milk per day, what would be the best bet in your opinion and why? Please do factor in every thing starting from buying, transport, availability, shed infrastructure, Water necessities, labour requirement and all of those extra things exotic breeds need in terms of mat, cooling etc.
We have tried searching internet for practical examples, but none seems to exits for a “Practical Dairy of medium scale with malnad Gidda.”
- Space for green fodder is not a constraint,
- Dry Fodder is available in terms of paddy straw.