The term feeding is given to the food which is provided to the animals also referred to as fodder.The quality of fodder directly impacts the health of dairy animals.
The feeding is responsible for around 70% of milk production of the animal. The Different dietary ingredients for cows and buffaloes includes cattle feed, oil cakes, grains and its by-products like brans & chunnies, cultivated greens folders, grasses, crop residues like straws and stovers. At Mahalakshmi dairy farm an adult animal is fed 6kg dry and 15-20 kg green fodder per day as directed by a nutritionist.
Advantages of Feeding modern feeds:
Traditionally the animals were not getting proper required nutrients that are required for good milk production, body maintenance and better reproduction. The new Modern feeds help in balancing the nutrients with required proteins, carbohydrates, fat, fibrer, vitamins, minerals, etc.