Warm wishes for a healthy and happy 2014 for all Farmfest members,
To introduce myself, I am an expatriate resident in Abu Dhabi - my home is Trichur Kerala, we have a 2.15 acre land in the banks of a canal and I want to make an integrated farm using ZBNF methods and totally going desi way, (no chemical fertilisers or insectisides)
1. 20 Capacity dairy with auto-water facility - intended for desi cows (Preferably Ghir); currently has four 1.5 year four calves (1 HF, 1 Ghir, 2 Kankeyam)- 7 more Ghir cows to be procured in Feb 2014
2. 1 Goat - two year old, non-milking impregrated; plans to purchase 4 more
3. 30 poulry - egg rearing
4 10 Ducklings - 8 months old
5 A 6 cubic capacity biogas plant where the waste of all animals are treated and slurry is pumped to our farmland that has feeder-grass for cows, coconut, arecanut, nutmet, banana, cashewnut, mango and other fruit bearing plants.
Since I am a novice, in the field, would kindly request guidelines from experienced hands in:
a) Suitable utensils/machines (milking machines, pressure-wash any other labour reducing devices)
b) Advice in relation to impregnation;
c) Preventive medication against major diseases
d) Any labour saving devices that I can procure from UAE
I intend to retire by 2014 and become a full-fledged farmer. I have done a dairy conducted by MILMA, and need to learn much more. I also wanted to utilise Solar energy if economically possible instead of Kerala State Electricity.
All ideas are welcome.
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