Protecting dairy cows and buffalo in India

 

India dairies: the problem

In India up to 50 million cows are suffering on dairy farms in unacceptable conditions. They suffer painful health problems and shorter lifespans due to over breeding, poor housing, confinement and over medication.

India dairies: the solution

  • We are working with authorities to stop animals suffering in large, industrialised indoor dairy farms
  • We are moving people to adopt animal friendly, sustainable, healthy farming practices
  • We are working with farmers and authorities to develop humane and sustainable agriculture practices for high welfare milk production
  • We are moving the government to develop high welfare milk production standards in India
  • We are working with local people to adopt better animal husbandry practices, to increase milk production and quality, while protecting animals

A best practice example: Kisan dairy farm

The Kumar family own and run Kisan Dairy in Tarawadi, an agricultural hub in the state of Haryana. The dairy has 90 dairy cows and 220 cattle, composed of Holstein Friesians, good producers of high milk yields. The dairy produces up to 1,200 litres of milk every day during the wet summer months and up to 2,000 litres a day during the dry winter months. This level of productivity is nearly six times the national average in India. The owners attribute the long and productive life of their cows to good quality feeding, genetics appropriate to the local environment and a high level of care, all of which promote good health and protect their animals’ welfare. Download Kisan Dairy Farm – a case study of high welfare milk production in India.

National Code of Practices for Management of Dairy Animals in India

A growing number of the country’s 300 million dairy animals – collectively the world’s largest herd – are living in intensive farming systems in overcrowded, barren conditions causing immense suffering. 

We will now be working with the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) to recommend dairy animal welfare in a range of Government of India policies and programmes. This is off the back of our launch of the National Code of Practices for Management of Dairy Animals in India last year.

The NDRI will be encouraging the use of the Code of Practices to academics, and in internal government training. Going forward the high welfare management practices will be implemented at the cattle yards managed by the NDRI. 

The National Code of Practices for Management of Dairy Animals in India covers all aspects of the industry - from advice on breeding and husbandry, through to guidance on how animals should be fed and housed. Basic hygiene, sanitation and guidance on record keeping are also included.

With your support we plan to  drive even greater change to enrich the  lives of millions of dairy animals in India. You are  helping us shape the future of the dairy industry to make sure it is sustainable, giving dairy animals a better chance of improved care and protection. 

Help us spread the word about good dairy management practices.The National Code of Practices for Management of Dairy Animals in India is available in English and Hindi. You can also scroll down to download your copy today.

If you want to set up a dairy in India and need any assistance implementing the National Code of Practices for Management of Dairy Animals in India, please email us at: info@worldanimalprotection.org.in 

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