KANKREJ CATTLE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOLLOWED IN REARING AT NORTHERN PART OF GUJARAT

  • SHEIKH A. S. AN PARMAR D. V. KANKREJ CATTLE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOLLOWED IN REARING AT NORTHERN PART OF GUJARAT SHEIKH A. S. AND PARMAR D. V. DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY EXTENSION EDUCATION COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SCIENCE AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, SDAU, SARDARKRUSHINAGAR, GUJARAT, INDIA. Corresponding author’s e-mail: dvvets@gmail.com
Keywords: ITK, Management Practices, Kankrej Cattle.

Abstract

ABSTRACT:
Kankrej,  one  of  the  most  important  cattle  breed  of  northern  arid  region  of
Gujarat,  which  can  withstand  harsh  desert  climatic  conditions  and  provide
livelihood security to the rural masses. A comprehensive study was conducted
in three districts from northern Gujarat (Banaskantha, Patan and Kutcch), the
breeding tract of Kankrej cattle, to find out the status of their population and
productivity parameters, management practices, availability of local feeds and
fodder and grazing land availability. A total of 200 respondent, rearing kankrej
cattle  were  selected  randomly  from  20  villages  of  three  districts.  The
information  was  collected  using  structured  interview  schedule.  Natural  and
indiscriminate mating of cows were dominated (90.00%) over planned mating
(10.00%)  with  pedigree  bull.  Majority  of  cattle  were  kept  under  loose/  open
housing system with stable (70.50%) followed by seasonally movable (29.50%)
temporary  housing  structures.  The  grass  cover  of  rangeland  steeply  declined
from  moderate  grazing  value  in  rainy  season  to  near  zero  grazing  value  in
summer  season.  The  major  constraint  faced  by  the  respondents  includes
scarcity of feed and fodder, lack of timely veterinary services, lack of pedigree
bull and poor market facilities. The farmers possess enough knowledge about
ITKs which is supporting them in management of animals.
KEY WORDS: ITK, Management Practices, Kankrej Cattle.

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