Breed improvement programmes need to be supported by feeding milch animals a balanced diet to enable them produce milk commensurate with their genetic potential. Normally, the diet comprises locally- available feed, grasses and crop residues – often leading to imbalanced feeding with protein, energy, mineral and vitamins being either in excess or deficient. This impacts the milk yield and the cost of milk production.
NDDB has developed a Ration Balancing Programme to balance the diet of milch animals for different milk production levels, using a simple software with linear programming. Its use will result in optimising the cost of milk production and producers’ income on a sustainable basis.
NDDB Dairy Services has facilitated the training of Local Resource Persons (LRP) from villages to advise small producers on ration balancing. In Paayas, Maahi, Shreeja, Baani and Saahaj MPCs, more than 7750 LRP have been deployed who cover about 0.85 million animals in 12,800 vilages for the RBP programme as of 31st March, 2019.
About, 193,000 MT cattle feed and 1200 MT area specific mineral mixture were sold to milk producers by these MPCs to supplement available feed resources
NDDB Dairy Services is also supporting the milk producer companies in the fodder development programmes to ensure that good quality fodder is available throughout the year for the milch animals.