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Title: Traditional dairy herd management practices during pregnancy and calving
Authors: Nagnur, Shobha
Channal, Geeta
N, Channamma
Keywords: Cattle rearing
Livestock breeding
Dairy herd management
Animal husbandry
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A61D11/00, A01K21/00
Abstract: Indigenous knowledge is extensively prevalent in traditional Indian lifestyle and rural women possess a wealth of knowledge related to cattle rearing. Livestock owners have developed technologies, approaches, production systems and livestock breeds based on knowledge gained through generations of experiences, keen observations, needs, market demand, etc. The present paper documents this traditional wisdom with special reference to pregnancy and delivery of dairy animals. A combination of techniques and tools were used for generating information. These included conversational interviews with individuals, key informants and participant observations of local practices. Indigenous practices were recorded for heat detection, breeding, insemination, care during pregnancy, facilitating delivery, expulsion of placenta, care during parturition and postnatal care. The validation of database was carried out in order to derive correct conclusions. The scientific community is likely to be benefited by assessing the rationality of indigenous knowledge and by merging the scientific reasoning with modern stream of knowledge.
Page(s): 243-244
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.05(2) [April 2006]

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