India -- Department of Veterinary and animal Husbandry extension, College of Veterinary science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized a refresher course on feed manufacturing, balanced and quality feed for milch animals in collaboration with Dairy Development Department, Punjab.
In this course, thirty nine (39) feed millers from different parts of Punjab participated and got the information on the quality of raw materials, formulation of ration for different categories of animals, care of feed machinery etc Dr HK Verma, Head, Veterinary extension said that a feed Manufacturer must know about the a b c rather a to z of manufacturing technology including quality of food ingredients, storage, ration formation, standard set up of plant, machinery maintenance and unconventional feed stuffs. He further added that in the training all these aspects were discussed.
It is pertinent to mention that for the renewal of license of feed manufacturers after three years this training is mandatory for all. Even this course is compulsory for them who manufactures mineral mixtures for the cattle & buffaloes and who sells & holds feed ingredients for livestock feeding.
All the technical and physical support was provided by Dr S S Singh, head, Department of Animal Nutrition.Dr. KS Sandhu, Director of Extension Education revealed that the dairy business is flourishing very speedily and the main expenditure on dairy farming is of cattle feed, so it is very important that we should make feed with economical means without compromising quality. The all new technological developments and issues related with new research should be in the focus. The main concern is the health of animal to produce quality milk and other products, he added Dr. Parminder Singh, course coordinator said that latest development in the field of feed manufacturing technology were discussed.