NDDB software to help farmers prepare balanced animal feed

A GOOD NUMBER of farmers often feed their animals in the traditional way. The traditional animal feed consists of crop residues, locally available one or two feed ingredients like brans, oil-cakes, chunnies and grains, and seasonally available green fodders. Animals are rarely given mineral mixture or given in very less quantity of 25g to 50g per day. In most of the cases, the quantity of feed/fodder offered to animals is either more or less than the required feed/ fodder. This leads to an imbalance of protein, energy and minerals in the animal ration. Animals on the imbalanced ration produce milk sub-optimally; the cost of milk production is higher; and the imbalanced ration affects the health and fertility of animals.

NDDB has taken an initiative to use information technology to educate farmers about feeding of a balanced ration to animals. It has developed a software that can be used on desktops, laptops, notebooks, tablets and phones. This software helps in formulation of a balanced ration considering the animal's profile, i.e. cattle or buffalo, age, milk production, milk fat, feeding regime, etc. Milk producers also get advice on adjusting the quantity of locally available feed ingredients given to their animals along with the area-specific mineral mixture.

Farmers feeding balanced ration in different regions of the country have experienced an increase in their net daily income in the range of ₹ 15 to ₹ 25 per animal.

Proper use of the locally available feed resources is possible at the least cost. It increases milk production and also fat and SNF; increases the farmer's net daily income; improves reproduction efficiency; reduces the inter-calving period and increases the productive life of animals; improves the general health of animals; and improves the growth rate in growing calves, leading to early maturity.