An awareness programme was organised in village Budak (Hisar) on 15th March for livestock keepers and on 16th March exclusively for women farmers. 45 farmers including the village Sarpanch Shri Mewa Singh and 35 women participated in the awareness programme. The farmers were made aware about proper feeding of animals for optimum production at reduced cost, balanced ration preparation for different categories of animals and various schemes run by the government for livestock development. Importance of various product preparations from milk and their value addition was also shared with the farmers. Mineral mixture supplementation and process of making silage was also demonstrated by the team. The silage can be prepared from excess green fodder available in glut season which may be utilized in the lean period for feeding animals. Basis of identification of breed especially Murrah and importance of using semen from superior bulls for artificial insemination was discussed with the farmers. Talks on calf management, vaccination, health management and prevention and treatment of mastitis in buffaloes were delivered. The farmers were encouraged for keeping day to day records of animals.
The team also visited Telenwali, Bandaheri and Dabri villages and interacted with few farmers and animal husbandry officials present at veterinary hospital/dispensaries. Literature pertaining to advanced buffalo husbandry and various activities being under taken by ICAR-CIRB was distributed during the awareness programme and visit to the villages.Team of scientists carried out the activities under MGMG included Dr B S Punia, team leader, Dr (Mrs) HemaTripathi, Dr AK Pandey, Dr Sajjan Singh, Dr Vishal Mudgal, Dr Ashok Boora and technical officer, Shri Krishan Kumar.