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ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: EASY WAY TO EXPLAIN ANIMAL FARMING

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INTRODUCTION

It is the scientific management of livestock. Animal  husbandry is the science of rearing, breeding, disease control and utilization of animals. Animal based farming includes cattle, goat, poultry and fish farming.

OBJECTIVES OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

  • It is required to meet the increasing demands of animal based goods like milk, meat, eggs, leather etc according to the size of the population and living standards of the people.
  • It sets guidelines for proper management and systematic approach to animal rearing.

CATTLE FARMING

In India,  farmers practice cattle husbandry for two purposes: milk and drought labor for agricultural work like tiling, irrigation and carting. Cattle in India belong to two different species:

  • Bos indicus (cows)
  • Bos bulbalis ( buffaloes)

On the basis of the work done by cattle, they can be divided into two categories:

  • Milch animals:  These are milk producing females or dairy animals.
  • Draught animals: These are used to do labor work in farms.

The breeds of cattle are as follows:

  • Indigenous or local breeds: They are selected because of their high resistance to disease, e.g.  Red sindhi and Sahiwal.
  • Exotic or foreign breeds: They are selected because of their long lactation period, e.g. Jersy  and Brown swiss.

These two breeds can be cross-bred to get both the desirable qualities in animals.

FARM MANAGEMENT FOR CATTLE

Various measures for farm management are as follows:

  • Proper cleaning and shelter facilities are required for cattle.
  • Regular brushing of animals should be sheltered in well-ventilated roofed sheds in order to protect them from rain, heat and cold.
  •   The cattle shed floor must be dry and facilitating cleaning, that is why floor must have slopes. FOOD REQUIREMENTS OF CATTLE

Food is required for dairy cattle for following two purposes:

FOR MAINTENANCE : Food supports the animal to live a healthy life.

FOR PRODUCING MILK: The type of food helps to secrete milk during lactation period.

Animal feed includes

Roughage : This is largely fibrous and contain low nutrients e.g. green fodder, silage, hay and legumes.

Concentrate: These are low in fiber. They contain relatively high levels of proteins and other nutrients, e.g. cereals like gram and bajra.

Some other feed additives containing micronutrients promote the health and milk output of dairy animals. It should be balanced and proportionate amount.

DISEASE IN CATTLE

Like other animals, cattle also suffer from a number of diseases. These pathogens cause death as well as reduction of milk production. The parasites are

  • External parasites:  They live on the skin and cause skin diseases e.g. lice, mites.
  • Internal parasites: They include worms that affect stomach and intestine. Flukes which damage the liver.

Preventive measure: Vaccination is preferred.

POULTRY FARMING IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

It involves rearing of domestic fowl for the production of eggs and meat. Farmers use to develop improved quality off poultry breeds. They produce layers  for eggs and broilers for meat. Farmers has done cross breeding between Indian (indigenous) breeds and foreign (exotic) breeds successfully and develop desirable traits of poultry birds. The qualities of improved progeny are:

  • Good quality of chicks with huge numbers
  • Dwarf broiler parent for commercial production
  • New progeny having tolerance to high temperature
  • Requirement of low maintenance
  • Smaller Size chicks utilizing fibrous and cheaper diets.

Broilers and layers have different housing , nutritional and environmental requirement. The diet of broilers is rich in protein with adequate fat. In the poultry feed, they keep  the level of vitamin A and K high.

PRACTICE FOR MAINTENANCE OF SHELTER FOR POULTRY BIRDS

  •  We must clean and provide proper sanitation of shelter.
  •  Maintenance of temperature and hygiene in the shelter .
  • Proper ventilation .
  • Prevention and control of disease and pests.

POULTRY DISEASE AND THEIR PREVENTION IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Poultry fowl suffer from various diseases caused by virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. They also suffer from nutritional deficiency disease.

PREVENTION OF DISEASE IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

  • Providing nutritional diet to poultry birds
  • Proper cleaning and sanitation of shelter
  • Spraying of disinfectants at regular intervals in the shelter

FISH PRODUCTION IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Fish is a cheap source of animal protein for humans. Production of fish includes both finned true fish as well as shellfish like prawns and mollusca.

Two ways of obtaining fish

CAPTURE FISHING:  It is method of obtaining fish from natural resources. It is undertaken mostly in both  inland and marine waters.

CULTURE FISHERY: It is the method of obtaining fish from fish farming or pisciculture.  It is undertaken mostly inland and near seashores.

COMPOSITE FISH CULTURE OR POLYCULTURE IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Monoculture is the fish production by cultivating a single species. It gives low yield and cost is high. In composite fish culture, a combination of 5 or 6 fish species is cultivated in a single pond having different food habit.

ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSITE FISH CULTURE

  • We use both local and imported fish species.
  • As different fishes are  having different food habit, all fishes consume whole food supplied to the pond.
  • We get high yield of fish production.
  • There is no competition for food as Catla  is surface feeder, mrigel  and  common carps are bottom feeders, Rohu feeds in middle zone of pond and Grass carp feeds on weeds in the pond.

There are some DISADVANTAGES also, these are

  • Monsoon is the time of breeding of fish. Thus, one of the major problem of fish farming is the lack of availability of good quality seed.
  • To overcome this problem, we use hormonal stimulation to the fishes for breeding.  In this way we get pure quality of fish seeds in desired amount.
  •  BEE –KEEPING

Rearing, care and management  of honey bee for the production of honey we term as Apiculture or Bee -keeping .

ADVANTAGES OF APICULTURE

  • It requires very low investment.
  • Apiculture provides various products like honey, wax, bee venom etc
  • It acts as an additional source of  income for farmers.
  • Honey bee is used for eating and making other edible products.
  • We use wax in cosmetic products.
  • Bee venom is widely used in medicinal purposes.

By these we can understand that animal husbandry helps farmers for better income.

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